• Ellenberg-HERO-3

    The Math of the Amazing Sandpile

    To understand self-organization in nature, behold the sandpile.

  • Ball_HERO

    Why Mathematicians Should Stop Naming Things After Each Other

    A past generation’s glory can be the next generation’s headache.

  • Moore_HERO-F

    Why COVID-19 Flare-Ups Will Keep Happening

    Like earthquakes and forest fires, outbreaks have a “heavy tail” of large events.

  • Clayton_HERO

    To Beat COVID-19, Think Like a Fighter Pilot

    How an aerial-combat theory can help fight the outbreak.

  • Boxer_HERO-2

    Mapping Gay-Friendly Cities Through History

    A data analyst uncovers a timeless message about correlation.

  • Lawn_HERO

    What Are the Odds of Alien Contact?

    Bringing the Drake Equation up to date.

  • Gallagher_HERO

    How Inequality Imperils Cooperation

    A game theorist breaks down the effects of inequality.

  • Marcus_HERO-2

    Are Neural Networks About to Reinvent Physics?

    The revolution of machine learning has been greatly exaggerated.

  •  Mcelwee_HERO

    Presenting the Scrabble Luck Calculator

    Are you as good at Scrabble as you think?

  • Quanta-HERO

    How Search Algorithms Are Changing the Course of Mathematics

    The sum-of-three-cubes problem solved for “stubborn” number 33.