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# Number theory

## Latest Articles

### Mathematicians Clear Hurdle in Quest to Decode Primes

Paul Nelson has solved the subconvexity problem, bringing mathematicians one step closer to understanding the Riemann hypothesis and the distribution of prime numbers.

### Mathematicians Outwit Hidden Number Conspiracy

Decades ago, a mathematician posed a warmup problem for some of the most difficult questions about prime numbers. It turned out to be just as difficult to solve, until now.

### The Year in Math and Computer Science

Mathematicians and computer scientists answered major questions in topology, set theory and even physics, even as computers continued to grow more capable.

### 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.