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Quanta’s In Theory video series returns with an exploration of a mysterious mathematical pattern found throughout nature.
When a crystallographer treated prime numbers as a system of particles, the resulting diffraction pattern created a new view of existing conjectures in number theory.
A French mathematician has completed the classification of all convex pentagons, and therefore all convex polygons, that tile the plane.
Like scientific puzzles, Bongard problems can lead you through a frustrating blind search until you find that simple, elegant rule that fits a seemingly random pattern.