AvatarThomas LinMathematics An Infinite Universe of Number Systems Quanta Magazine - Kelsey Houston-Edwards The p-adics form an infinite collection of number systems based on prime numbers. They’re at the heart of modern number theory. The rational numbers …

AvatarThomas LinPuzzles Celebrating the Playful Magic of John Horton Conway Quanta Magazine - Pradeep Mutalik Have fun exploring a numerical puzzle, a geometric puzzle and a game of random patterns, all inspired by the playful genius of the legendary …

AvatarThomas Lintravel news Computer Scientists Break Traveling Salesperson Record Quanta Magazine - Erica Klarreich After 44 years, there’s finally a better way to find approximate solutions to the notoriously difficult traveling salesperson problem. “This is a …

AvatarThomas LinMathematics The Simple Math Problem We Still Can’t Solve Quanta Magazine - Patrick Honner Despite recent progress on the notorious Collatz conjecture, we still don’t know whether a number can escape its infinite loop. This column comes with …

AvatarThomas LinMathematics At the International Mathematical Olympiad, Artificial Intelligence Prepares to Go for the Gold Quanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett Computer scientists are trying to build an AI system that can win a gold medal at the world’s premier math competition. The 61st International …