
Why Can’t My Computer Understand Me?
Hector Levesque thinks his computer is stupid—and that yours is, too. Siri and Google’s voice searches may be able...
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How to test Weinstein’s provocative theory of everything
Physicists have a problem, and they will be the first to admit it. The two mathematical frameworks that govern...

In Mysterious Pattern, Math and Nature Converge
In 1999, while sitting at a bus stop in Cuernavaca, Mexico, a Czech physicist named Petr Šeba noticed young...

Mathematicians Aim to Take Publishers Out of Publishing
Mathematicians plan to launch a series of free openaccess journals that will host their peerreviewed articles on the preprint...

The Life of Pi, and Other Infinities
The popular notion of infinity may be of a monolithic totality, the ultimate, unbounded big tent that goes on...

Do the Math: How Songbirds Learn to Sing
Scientists studying how songbirds stay on key have developed a statistical explanation for why some things are harder for...

A Backdoor Way to Do Experiments on Exotic Gravitational Physics
The whole point of an explanation is to reduce something you don’t know to something you do. By that...

Opening the Doors to the Life of Pi
For those of us who have been intoxicated by the powers and possibilities of mathematics, the mystery isn’t why...

Higgs Data Reveals Fundamental Structure of Matter
The 12 matter particles we know about are all the types there are, according to researchers analysing CERN data....

The New Math of Some Temporary Things
New Math is an attempt to quantify the world using words and basic math.