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How a Computer Broke a 50-Year Math Record
DeepMind researchers trained an AI system called AlphaTensor to find new, faster algorithms for matrix multiplication. AlphaTensor quickly rediscovered — and surpassed, for some cases — the reigning algorithm discovered by German mathematician Volker Strassen in 1969.
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Quanta Writers and Editors on Time, Life, Math and the Universe
On November 16, more than 200 readers joined writers and editors from Quanta Magazine for a panel discussion exploring the latest ideas in fundamental physics, biology and mathematics research.
Why Different Parts of a Coffee Mug Produce Different Pitches
The Stanford mathematician Tadashi Tokieda demonstrates one of his physics “toys”: the curious higher and lower notes you hear when tapping a coffee mug with a spoon.
Valeria Pettorino on Learning About Dark Energy With the Euclid Satellite
Valeria Pettorino discusses the prospects of learning about dark energy with the Euclid satellite.
Renee Reijo Pera on the Importance of Timing in Embryo Development
Stem cell researcher Renee Reijo Pera of Montana State University explains how the timing of developmental events in the early embryo can subtly affect health many years later.
Tomas Bohr on Performing the Double-Slit Experiment with Bouncing Droplets
Tomas Bohr explains the significance of the double-slit experiment in exposing the weirdness of the quantum world.
Rosaly Lopes on Volcanoes Throughout the Solar System
Rosaly Lopes explains why it’s worth exploring the huge variety of volcanoes on other worlds.