Scientists have discovered a mysterious pattern that somehow connects a bus system in Mexico and chicken eyes to quantum physics and number theory.

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Scientists have discovered a mysterious pattern that somehow connects a bus system in Mexico and chicken eyes to quantum physics and number theory.


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Hiranya Peiris: How to Test If We Live in a Multiverse

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University College London physicist Hiranya Peiris explains how the multiverse can be tested.

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Alan Guth: How Many Two-Headed Cows in a Multiverse?

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MIT cosmologist Alan Guth, 67, discusses why two-headed cows are an important problem in an infinite multiverse.

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Subhash Khot: A Grand Vision for the Impossible

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Subhash Khot’s bold conjecture is helping mathematicians explore the precise limits of computation.

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In Noisy Equations, One Who Heard Music

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Experts say Martin Hairer’s epic masterpiece in stochastic analysis “created a whole world.”

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A Tenacious Explorer of Abstract Surfaces

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Maryam Mirzakhani’s monumental work draws deep connections between topology, geometry and dynamical systems.

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A Brazilian Wunderkind Who Calms Chaos

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Artur Avila’s solutions to ubiquitous problems in chaos theory have earned him Brazil’s first Fields Medal.

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Manjul Bhargava: The Musical, Magical Number Theorist

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The search for artistic truth and beauty has led Manjul Bhargava to some of the most profound recent discoveries in number theory.

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A ‘Rebel’ Without a Ph.D.

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A conversation with the mathematical physicist Freeman Dyson on quantum electrodynamics, climate change and his latest pet project.