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### The Simple Geometry Behind Brownie Bake Offs and Equal Areas

Proving that two polygons have the same area can be as easy as cutting them up and rearranging the pieces.

### How to Think About Relativity

Albert Einstein’s ideas about space-time aren’t exactly intuitive, and they aren’t exactly Einstein’s, either.

### Why Mathematicians Study Knots

Far from being an abstract mathematical curiosity, knot theory has driven many findings in math and beyond.

### What We Know About Monkeypox

Even though we’ve learned a lot about this relative of smallpox, some mysteries remain due to a lack of political will.

### How Big Is Infinity?

Of all the endless questions children and mathematicians have asked about infinity, one of the biggest has to do with its size.

### How Isaac Newton Discovered the Binomial Power Series

Rethinking questions and chasing patterns led Newton to find the connection between curves and infinite sums.

### Neuronal Scaffolding Plays Unexpected Role in Pain

Perineuronal nets, rigid structures that hold certain neurons in place, affect a surprising amount of brain activity, including some associated with chronic pain.

### How Can Infinitely Many Primes Be Infinitely Far Apart?

Mathematicians have been studying the distribution of prime numbers for thousands of years. Recent results about a curious kind of prime offer a new take on how spread out they can be.

### The Sordid Past of the Cubic Formula

The quest to solve cubic equations led to duels, betrayals — and modern mathematics.