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## Latest Articles

### After a Quantum Clobbering, One Approach Survives Unscathed

A quantum approach to data analysis that relies on the study of shapes will likely remain an example of a quantum advantage — albeit for increasingly unlikely scenarios.

### Why Mathematicians Study Knots

Far from being an abstract mathematical curiosity, knot theory has driven many findings in math and beyond.

### The New Math of Wrinkling

A comprehensive mathematical framework treats wrinkling patterns as elegant solutions to geometric problems.

### Special Surfaces Remain Distinct in Four Dimensions

For decades mathematicians have searched for a specific pair of surfaces that can’t be transformed into each other in four-dimensional space. Now they’ve found them.

### Unimaginable Surfaces Discovered After Decades-Long Search

Using ideas borrowed from graph theory, two mathematicians have shown that extremely complex surfaces are easy to traverse.

### How Complex Is a Knot? New Proof Reveals Ranking System That Works.

“Ribbon concordance” will let mathematicians compare knots by linking them across four-dimensional space.

### Untangling Why Knots Are Important

Steven Strogatz explores the mysteries of knots with the mathematicians Colin Adams and Lisa Piccirillo.

### Dennis Sullivan, Uniter of Topology and Chaos, Wins the Abel Prize

The American mathematician invented entire new ways to understand shapes and spaces.

### The Year in Math and Computer Science

Mathematicians and computer scientists answered major questions in topology, set theory and even physics, even as computers continued to grow more capable.