For centuries, mathematicians tried to solve problems by adding new values to the usual numbers. Now they’re investigating the unintended consequences of that tinkering.
The theoretical particle physicist Helen Quinn has blazed a singular path from the early days of the Standard Model to the latest overhaul of science education in the United States.
A hint that neutrinos behave differently than antineutrinos suggests an answer to one the biggest questions in physics.
By blasting a stack of minerals with a four-meter-long gun, scientists have found a new clue about the backstory of a very strange rock.
Nature’s laws are beautiful because they strike a compromise between boring symmetry and confusing asymmetry, physicists say.
The Ukrainian mathematician Maryna Viazovska has solved the centuries-old sphere-packing problem in dimensions eight and 24.
The irreversibility of time may be a clue as to what makes up the universe’s dark matter.
Three years ago, a solitary mathematician released an impenetrable proof of the famous abc conjecture. At a recent conference dedicated to the work, optimism mixed with bafflement.
The solution to this month’s puzzle explains the artful mathematics behind symmetrical patterns.
Can you generate aesthetically pleasing, symmetrical curves with two numbers and a simple mathematical function?