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## Latest Articles

### What Is the Nature of Time?

Time is all around us: in the language we use, in the memories we revisit and in our predictions of the future. But what exactly is it? The physicist and Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek joins Steve Strogatz to discuss the fundamental hallmarks of time.

### She Finds the Poetry in Math and the Math in Poetry

The links between math, music and art have been explored for thousands of years. Sarah Hart is now turning a mathematical eye to literature.

### A Brief History of Tricky Mathematical Tiling

The discovery earlier this year of the “hat” tile marked the culmination of hundreds of years of work into tiles and their symmetries.

### Biophysicists Uncover Powerful Symmetries in Living Tissue

After identifying interlocking symmetries in mammalian cells, scientists can describe some tissues as liquid crystals — an observation that lays the groundwork for a fluid-dynamic theory of how tissues move.

### Echoes of Electromagnetism Found in Number Theory

A new magnum opus posits the existence of a hidden mathematical link akin to the connection between electricity and magnetism.

### Behold Modular Forms, the ‘Fifth Fundamental Operation’ of Math

Modular forms are one of the most beautiful and mysterious objects in mathematics. What are they?

### New Proof Shows That ‘Expander’ Graphs Synchronize

The proof establishes new conditions that cause connected oscillators to sway in sync.

### Math Patterns That Go On Forever but Never Repeat

Simple math can help explain the complexities of the newly discovered aperiodic monotile.

### Is Perpetual Motion Possible at the Quantum Level?

A new phase of matter called a “time crystal” plays with our expectations of thermodynamics. The physicist Vedika Khemani talks with Steven Strogatz about its surprising quantum behavior.