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### How Rational Math Catches Slippery Irrational Numbers

Finding the best way to approximate the ever-elusive irrational numbers pits the infinitely large against the infinitely small.

### The Animal Origins of Coronavirus and Flu

Zoonotic diseases like influenza and many coronaviruses start out in animals, but their biological machinery often enables them to jump to humans.

### The Age of Interstellar Visitors

As astronomers get better at finding the comets and asteroids of other stars, they’ll learn more about the universe and our place in it.

### Why I’m Hosting *The Joy of x* Podcast

The noted mathematician and author Steven Strogatz explains why he wanted to share intimate conversations with leading researchers from diverse fields in his new podcast.

### How Simple Math Can Cover Even the Most Complex Holes

No one knows how to find the smallest shape that can cover all other shapes of a certain width. But high school geometry is getting us closer to an answer.

### How to Permanently End Diseases

Smallpox was eradicated relatively quickly, but other diseases have proved harder to eliminate. The reasons are a mix of biology and psychology.

### Why the Sum of Three Cubes Is a Hard Math Problem

Looking for answers in infinite space is hard. High school math can help narrow your search.

### Why I Called It ‘Quantum Supremacy’

Researchers finally seem to have a quantum computer that can outperform a classical computer. But what does that really mean?

### On Your Mark, Get Set, Multiply

The way you learned to multiply works, but computers employ a faster algorithm.