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Digital security depends on the difficulty of factoring large numbers. A new proof shows why one method for breaking digital encryption won’t work.
Equations, like numbers, cannot always be split into simpler elements.
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 simple, step-by-step breakdown of two “perfect” math proofs.
Generations of researchers have pursued his “Langlands program,” which seeks to create a grand unified theory of mathematics.