Numbers

Math

Researchers Discover a Pattern to the Seemingly Random Distribution of Prime Numbers

The pattern has a surprising similarity to the one seen in atom distribution in crystals.
Liv Boeree
9.14.18
Science

What’s the Difference Between a Billion and a Million, Anyway?

The transatlantic number confusion continues.
Ben Sullivan
10.14.16
Numbers

Mathematicians Still Years from Verifying Nightmare 500-Page Proof

Shinichi Mochizuki's proof of the abc conjecture remains an enigma.
Michael Byrne
7.30.16
Numbers

Physicists Cut Through the Randomest Randomness of Large Quantum Systems

Even quantum dice are loaded.
Michael Byrne
1.27.16
Numbers

Why Not: A Sorting Algorithm Based on the Fake-Theory of Intelligent Design

What computer science textbooks don't want you to know.
Michael Byrne
12.28.15
security

Know Your Language: PHP Lurches On

Meet the broken monster at the heart of the dynamic web.
Michael Byrne
12.20.15
Features

The Strangest, Most Spectacular Bridge Collapse (And How We Got It Wrong)

How a textbook example of an engineering failure—and the famous video that captured it—got twisted.
ALEX PASTERNACK
12.14.15
Google

Google Claims Its D-Wave Quantum Computer Is the Real Deal—Sort Of

A study posted this week shows the two-year-old machine beating out a classical computer 100 million times over.
Michael Byrne
12.10.15
russia

Can Physics Prove If We're Being Lied to About the Downed Russian Jet?

It can at least offer the suggestion that something is amiss.
Daniel Oberhaus
12.6.15
News

This Space Mission Could Upend Our Basic Notions of Newtonian Gravity

Stanford physicists offer an intriguing proposal.
Michael Byrne
12.4.15
running

Why GPS Almost Always Overestimates Distances

A statistical explanation.
Michael Byrne
11.16.15
Space

Quantum Physicists Find Pi in a Very Strange Place

An accidental discovery.
Michael Byrne
11.12.15
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