## These Are the Most Bizarre Numbers in the Universe

Most real numbers are unknown—even to mathematicians

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**Manon Bischoff** is a theoretical physicist and editor at *Spektrum*, a partner publication of *Scientific American*. Credit: Nick Higgins

Mathematics

Most real numbers are unknown—even to mathematicians

4 hours ago — Manon Bischoff

Mathematics

A thought experiment that’s dividing mathematicians can help illuminate how belief shapes rational decisions

May 4, 2023 — Manon Bischoff

Particle Physics

The Archimedes experiment will weigh the void of empty space to help solve a big cosmic puzzle

April 29, 2023 — Manon Bischoff

Mathematics

Information theory can help people mathematically calculate the best starting guess for a popular online game

April 28, 2023 — Manon Bischoff

Mathematics

A new shape called an einstein has taken the math world by storm. The craggy, hat-shaped tile can cover an infinite plane with patterns that never repeat.

April 10, 2023 — Manon Bischoff

Mathematics

Argentine mathematician Luis Caffarelli has won the 2023 Abel Prize for making natural phenomena more understandable and eliminating dreaded “infinities” from a calculation

March 23, 2023 — Manon Bischoff

Mathematics

Hairiness is the perfect way to demonstrate the math underlying the “pigeonhole principle,” first conceived in 1622

March 20, 2023 — Manon Bischoff

Mathematics

That prime numbers and powers of 2 fascinate many people comes as no surprise. In fact, all numbers split into two camps: interesting and boring

March 3, 2023 — Manon Bischoff

Mathematics

Some voting districts are tilted intentionally toward one party or another—a factor in the midterms. Geometry plays a critical role in gerrymandering

November 10, 2022 — Manon Bischoff

Mathematics

Mathematician Frank Ramsey showed how to discover coherent patterns among a multitude of number groupings

November 8, 2022 — Manon Bischoff

Mathematics

Some mathematicians have sought a logical proof for the existence of God. Here’s what they discovered

October 4, 2022 — Manon Bischoff

Statistics

An expert explains how numbers can mislead and what she’s doing to help people understand them better

September 30, 2022 — Manon Bischoff

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