The Biggest Problem in Mathematics Is Finally a Step Closer to Being Solved

Number theorists have been trying to prove a conjecture about the distribution of prime numbers for more than 160 years

MathematicsJuly 1, 2024

The Biggest Problem in Mathematics Is Finally a Step Closer to Being Solved

Number theorists have been trying to prove a conjecture about the distribution of prime numbers for more than 160 years

MathematicsJune 25, 2024

How the Math of Cracks Can Make Planes, Bridges and Dams Safer

Better predictions of how cracks grow can make machines and structures more reliable

MathematicsJune 20, 2024

Math Puzzle: How Many Routes Can You Find?

Try to solve a traveling salesman’s directional dilemma

MathematicsJune 20, 2024

These Are the Most Beautiful Equations, according to Mathematicians

Mathematicians picked the most dazzling, thought-provoking and compelling equations they know

MathematicsJune 13, 2024

How a Secret Society Discovered Irrational Numbers

Myths and legends surround the origins of these numbers

MathematicsJune 8, 2024

**AI Will Become Mathematicians’ ‘Co-Pilot’**

Fields Medalist Terence Tao explains how proof checkers and AI programs are dramatically changing mathematics

MathematicsJune 7, 2024

Prime Number Puzzle Has Stumped Mathematicians for More Than a Century

Experts have only started to crack the tricky twin prime conjecture

OpinionJune 4, 2024

Ada Lovelace’s Endnotes Foretold the Future of Computation

Ada Lovelace’s wisdom about the first general-purpose computer can be found buried in the appendix of another paper

InequalityMay 31, 2024

Math Can Help Solve Social Justice Problems

Mathematicians are working on ways to use their field to tackle major social issues, such as social inequality and the need for gender equity

MathMay 28, 2024

**An Alternative to Conventional Neural Networks Could Help Reveal What AI Is Doing behind the Scenes**

Despite their performance, current AI models have major weaknesses: they require enormous resources and are indecipherable. Help may be on the way

OpinionMay 25, 2024

How the Guinness Brewery Invented the Most Important Statistical Method in Science

The most common test of statistical significance originated from the Guinness brewery. Here’s how it works

MathematicsMay 7, 2024

The Mathematical Case for Monkeys Producing Shakespeare—Eventually

An infinite number of random events can produce just about anything if you have quintillions of years to wait