Computer Scientists Break the ‘Traveling Salesperson’ Record

Finally, there’s a better way to find approximate solutions to the notorious optimization problem, often used…

Mathematicians Report New Discovery About the Dodecahedron

Starting at a corner, could you walk around the surface of this Platonic solid without crossing…

A Landmark Math Proof Clears a Hurdle in the Top Erdős Conjecture

Two mathematicians have proved the first leg of the Hungarian scholar's all-time favorite problem about number…

A Grad Student Solved the Epic Conway Knot Problem—in a Week

Lisa Piccirillo encountered the more than 50-year-old question by chance at a conference. Her solution relies…

The New Math Bridge Beyond Fermat’s Last Theorem 

Two papers, representing the work of more than a dozen mathematicians, have finally figured out how…

A Decades-Old Computer Science Puzzle Was Solved in Two Pages

With a stunningly simple proof, a researcher has finally cracked the sensitivity conjecture, "one of the…

Tadashi Tokieda Finds Startling Objects in Plain Sight

This collector discovers new physical phenomena by looking at the everyday world through the eyes of…

How an Anonymous 4chan Post Helped Solve a 25-Year-Old Math Puzzle

A debate over the most efficient way to watch a cult classic TV series' episodes, in…

A Grad Student Solved a Fundamental Quantum Computing Problem

Urmila Mahadev became obsessed with a basic question in quantum computing: how do you know when…

Math Titans Clash Over Epic Proof of the ABC Conjecture

Two mathematicians say they found a glaring hole in a proof that has convulsed the math…