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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?

A collaboration between mechanical engineers and mathematicians has revealed universal rules for how wrinkles form.

Researchers are on the trail of a mysterious connection between number theory, algebra and string theory.