Mathematician Who Tamed Randomness Wins Abel Prize

Michel Talagrand innovative work has allowed others to tackle problems involving random processes

Mathematician Who Tamed Randomness Wins Abel Prize

Michel Talagrand innovative work has allowed others to tackle problems involving random processes

Do the Digits of Pi Actually Contain All of Shakespeare?

If pi is a “normal” number, the constant would contain much more than Shakespeare, resolving why such a random-looking number lives at the heart of simple circles

The Simplest Math Problem Could Be Unsolvable

The Collatz conjecture has plagued mathematicians for decades—so much so that professors warn their students away from it

How a Classic Bridge-Crossing Puzzle Inspired New Math

Are you smarter than an 18th-century Prussian?

The Decimal Point Is 150 Years Older than Historians Thought

The origin of the decimal point, a powerful calculation tool, has been traced back to a mathematician who lived during the Italian Renaissance

The Strangely Serious Implications of Math’s ‘Ham Sandwich Theorem’

A simple solution to gerrymandering crumbles when confronted with math’s “ham sandwich theorem”

Secret Mathematical Patterns Revealed in Bach’s Music

Physicists found that the music of Johann Sebastian Bach contains mathematical patterns that help convey information

Surreal Numbers Are a Real Thing. Here’s How to Make Them

In the 1970s mathematicians found a simple way to create all numbers, from the infinitely small to infinitely large

How String Theory Solved Math’s Monstrous Moonshine Problem

A concept from theoretical physics helped confirm the strange connection between two completely different areas of mathematics

Tomorrow’s Quantum Computers Threaten Today’s Secrets. Here’s How to Protect Them

Researchers are racing to create codes so complex that even quantum computers can’t break them

These Numbers Look Random but Aren’t, Mathematicians Prove

A new mathematical proof helps show whether a sequence of numbers is “pseudorandom”

A Wild Claim about the Powers of Pi Creates a Transcendental Mystery

Mathematicians cannot determine whether multiplying pi by itself repeatedly might produce a whole number