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Will the Earth Ever Fill Up?

We’ve predicted and broken human population limits for centuries.

How Math’s Most Famous Proof Nearly Broke

Andrew Wiles thought he had a solution to an age-old puzzle. Until it began to unravel.

In Mathematics, Mistakes Aren’t What They Used To Be

Computers can’t invent, but they’re changing the field anyway.

Five Short Stories About the Life and Times of Ideas

A complexity theorist explores how science and culture co-evolve.

Ingenious: David Krakauer

The systems theorist explains what’s wrong with standard models of intelligence.

The Amazing, Autotuning Sandpile

A simple mathematical model of a sandpile shows remarkably complex behavior.

The Illusion Machine That Teaches Us How We See

A mathematician is using computers to manufacture award-winning illusions.

Traffic Ghost Hunting

When the biggest problem with traffic is nothing at all.

Math’s Beautiful Monsters

How a destructive idea paved the way for modern math.