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## Latest Articles

### Mathematicians Roll Dice and Get Rock-Paper-Scissors

Mathematicians have uncovered a surprising wealth of rock-paper-scissors-like patterns in randomly chosen dice.

### Probability and Number Theory Collide — in a Moment

Mathematicians are taking ideas developed to study random numbers and applying them to a broad range of categories.

### How Do Mathematicians Know Their Proofs Are Correct?

What makes a proof stronger than a guess? What does evidence look like in the realm of mathematical abstraction? Hear the mathematician Melanie Matchett Wood explain how probability helps to guide number theorists toward certainty.

### Elegant Six-Page Proof Reveals the Emergence of Random Structure

Two young mathematicians have astonished their colleagues with a full proof of the Kahn-Kalai conjecture — a sweeping statement about how structure emerges in random sets and graphs.

### Neural Noise Shows the Uncertainty of Our Memories

The electrical chatter of our working memories reflects our uncertainty about their contents.

### Mathematicians Answer Old Question About Odd Graphs

A pair of mathematicians solved a legendary question about the proportion of vertices in a graph with an odd number of connections.

### Mathematicians Settle Erdős Coloring Conjecture

Fifty years ago, Paul Erdős and two other mathematicians came up with a graph theory problem that they thought they might solve on the spot. A team of mathematicians has finally settled it.

### How Neutral Theory Altered Ideas About Biodiversity

The simple insight that most changes are random had a profound effect on genetics, evolution and ecology.

### How to Assess Risks During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The medical research scientist and Quanta puzzle columnist Pradeep Mutalik explores how to make sense of COVID-19 data while managing your personal risk.