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## Latest Articles

### What Hot Dogs Can Teach Us About Number Theory

The Chinese remainder theorem is an ancient and powerful extension of the simple math of least common multiples.

### The Mathematician Who Delights in Building Bridges

Ana Caraiani seeks to unify mathematics through her work on the ambitious Langlands program.

### Mathematicians Find Structure in Biased Polynomials

New work establishes a tighter connection between the rank of a polynomial and the extent to which it favors particular outputs.

### How Ancient War Trickery Is Alive in Math Today

Legend says the Chinese military once used a mathematical ruse to conceal its troop numbers. The technique relates to many deep areas of modern math research.

### How to Find Rational Points Like Your Job Depends on It

Using high school algebra and geometry, and knowing just one rational point on a circle or elliptic curve, we can locate infinitely many others.

### New Shape Opens ‘Wormhole’ Between Numbers and Geometry

Laurent Fargues and Peter Scholze have found a new, more powerful way of connecting number theory and geometry as part of the sweeping Langlands program.

### A Number Theorist Who Connects Math to Other Creative Pursuits

Jordan Ellenberg enjoys studying — and writing about — the mathematics underlying everyday phenomena.

### Mathematicians Find Long-Sought Building Blocks for Special Polynomials

Hilbert’s 12th problem asked for novel analogues of the roots of unity, the building blocks for certain number systems. Now, over 100 years later, two mathematicians have produced them.

### Mathematicians Find a New Class of Digitally Delicate Primes

Despite finding no specific examples, researchers have proved the existence of a pervasive kind of prime number so delicate that changing any of its infinite digits renders it composite.