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Lurking behind Einstein’s theory of gravity and our modern understanding of particle physics is the deceptively simple idea of symmetry. But physicists are beginning to question whether focusing on symmetry is still as productive as it once was.
Mathematicians used “magic functions” to prove that two highly symmetric lattices solve a myriad of problems in eight- and 24-dimensional space.
In a world seemingly filled with chaos, physicists have discovered new forms of synchronization and are learning how to predict and control them.
Decades after physicists happened upon a stunning mathematical coincidence, researchers are getting close to understanding the link between two seemingly unrelated geometric universes.
An eminent mathematician reveals that his advances in the study of millennia-old mathematical questions owe to concepts derived from physics.
A type of symmetry so unusual that it was called a “pariah” turns out to have deep connections to number theory.