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<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">City blocks help illustrate why walking randomly tends to take you away from your starting point.</span></p>
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Solution: ‘A Drunkard’s Walk in Manhattan’

City blocks help illustrate why walking randomly tends to take you away from your starting point.

<p>Why is it that when you walk randomly, the more you walk, the farther you get from your starting point?</p>
insights puzzle

A Drunkard’s Walk in Manhattan

Why is it that when you walk randomly, the more you walk, the farther you get from your starting point?

<p>Mathematicians have had a hard time finding commonalities in large groups of random shapes — until recently.</p>
Abstractions blog

Air Traffic Control for Random Surfaces

Mathematicians have had a hard time finding commonalities in large groups of random shapes — until recently.

<p>Researchers have uncovered deep connections among different types of random objects, illuminating hidden geometric structures.</p>
geometry

A Unified Theory of Randomness

Researchers have uncovered deep connections among different types of random objects, illuminating hidden geometric structures.

<p>A previously unnoticed property of prime numbers seems to violate a long-standing assumption about how they behave.</p>
number theory

Mathematicians Discover Prime Conspiracy

A previously unnoticed property of prime numbers seems to violate a long-standing assumption about how they behave.

<p>The counterintuitive solution to this month’s puzzle raises philosophical questions about randomness and information.</p>
insights puzzle

Solution: ‘Information From Randomness?’

The counterintuitive solution to this month’s puzzle raises philosophical questions about randomness and information.

<p>Quanta’s new puzzle column asks you to believe the seemingly impossible — that you can win at a number guessing game with absolutely no information.</p>
insights puzzle

Can Information Rise From Randomness?

Quanta’s new puzzle column asks you to believe the seemingly impossible — that you can win at a number guessing game with absolutely no information.