## The Elusive Origin of Zero

Who decided that nothing should be something?

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Mathematics

Who decided that nothing should be something?

July 28, 2022 — Frank Swetz and Shaharir bin Mohamad Zain | Opinion

Statistics

The celebrated nurse improved public health through her groundbreaking use of graphic storytelling

July 23, 2022 — RJ Andrews

Mathematics

Maryna Viazovska, who works on the geometry of spheres, is one of four winners of the coveted prize this year

July 5, 2022 — Davide Castelvecchi and Nature magazine

Mathematics

An intriguing question about drums kicked off decades of inquiry

June 30, 2022 — Rachel Crowell

Mathematics

His groundbreaking work combined the mathematical field of topology with string theory

April 5, 2022 — Joanna Thompson

Mathematics

Dennis Sullivan’s work has advanced the study of shapes, and he developed tools that have helped to solve many mathematical problems

March 28, 2022 — Davide Castelvecchi and Nature magazine

Mathematics

More than 50 years after the seeds of a vast collection of mathematical ideas called the Langlands program began to sprout, surprising new findings are emerging

March 21, 2022 — Rachel Crowell

Mathematics

Everyone knows that history's great mathematicians were all men—but everybody is wrong

March 9, 2022 — Avery Carr

Mathematics

For years, concerned researchers have been calling for a boycott of the 2022 International Congress of Mathematicians

March 3, 2022 — Rachel Crowell

Mathematics

Critics accuse the organization of opposing efforts to stamp out inequity

January 11, 2022 — Rachel Crowell

Mathematics

A set of puzzles called Diophantine problems are often simple to state but hard to solve—though progress could have big implications for the future of mathematics

October 14, 2021 — Rachel Crowell

Mathematics

A new model could help model disease transmission and urban planning

October 7, 2021 — Viviane Callier

Mathematics

Mathematicians have expanded category theory into infinite dimensions, revealing new connections among mathematical concepts

September 14, 2021 — Emily Riehl

Mathematics

The size of certain infinite sets has been a mystery. Now, it turns out, each one is different than the next, and they can all be ordered by size

August 16, 2021 — Martin Goldstern and Jakob Kellner

Mathematics

Mathematicians want to think their field is a meritocracy, but bias, harassment and exclusion persist

August 12, 2021 — Rachel Crowell

Mathematics

A photography project reveals the allure of equations in mathematicians’ blackboard work

April 26, 2021 — Clara Moskowitz

Quantum Physics

The story of a macroscopic quantum system and a mathematical odyssey

August 11, 2020 — Spyridon Michalakis

Mathematics

Although mathematicians know they can never fully “solve” this centuries-old quandary, tackling smaller pieces of it has yielded some intriguing discoveries

August 8, 2019 — Richard Montgomery

Quantum Physics

Stemming from the “F-theory” branch of string theory, each solution replicates key features of the standard model of particle physics

March 28, 2019 — Anil Ananthaswamy

So what are they, anyway?

January 22, 2019 — Susan D'Agostino

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