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# Author: Erica Klarreich

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## 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

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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…