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Is AlphaGo Really Such a Big Deal?

March 29, 2016

The Go-playing program teaches itself to replicate something very much like human intuition, an advance that promises far-reaching consequences.

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Deep Secrets and the Thrill of Discovery

February 25, 2016

The biologist Sean B. Carroll rediscovers the scientific thrill of an unexpected revelation.

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Time’s (Almost) Reversible Arrow

January 7, 2016

The irreversibility of time may be a clue as to what makes up the universe’s dark matter.

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Big Data’s Mathematical Mysteries

December 3, 2015

Machine learning works spectacularly well, but mathematicians aren’t quite sure why.

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The Physical Origin of Universal Computing

October 27, 2015

The physical nature of computers might reveal deep truths about their uniquely powerful abstract abilities.

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Einstein’s Parable of Quantum Insanity

September 10, 2015

Einstein refused to believe in the inherent unpredictability of the world. Is the subatomic world insane, or just subtle?

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The Rise of Computer-Aided Explanation

July 23, 2015

Computers can translate French and prove mathematical theorems. But can they make deep conceptual insights into the way the world works?