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For Fluid Equations, a Steady Flow of Progress

January 13, 2020

A startling experimental discovery about how fluids behave started a wave of important mathematical proofs.

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Famous Fluid Equations Spring a Leak

December 18, 2019

Researchers have spent centuries looking for a scenario in which the Euler fluid equations fail. Now a mathematician has finally found one.

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In Theory

The Trouble With Turbulence

January 28, 2019

Turbulence is everywhere, yet it is one of the most difficult concepts for physicists to understand.

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fluid dynamics

Mathematicians Tame Turbulence in Flattened Fluids

June 27, 2018

By squeezing fluids into flat sheets, researchers can get a handle on the strange ways that turbulence feeds energy into a system instead of eating it away.

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Abstractions blog

What Makes the Hardest Equations in Physics So Difficult?

January 16, 2018

The Navier-Stokes equations describe simple, everyday phenomena, like water flowing from a garden hose, yet they provide a million-dollar mathematical challenge.

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Mathematicians Find Wrinkle in Famed Fluid Equations

December 21, 2017

Two mathematicians prove that under certain extreme conditions, the Navier-Stokes equations output nonsense.

mathematical physics

Famous Fluid Equations Are Incomplete

July 21, 2015

A 115-year effort to bridge the particle and fluid descriptions of nature has led mathematicians to an unexpected answer.

Mathematics

For Persi Diaconis’ Next Magic Trick …

April 14, 2015

A mathematician who has analyzed card shuffling for decades is tackling one final nemesis: “smooshing.”

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Mathematics

A Fluid New Path in Grand Math Challenge

February 24, 2014

A daring speculation offers a potential way forward in one of the great unsolved problems of mathematics: the behavior of the Navier-Stokes equations for fluid flow.