"'It’s easy to cover a floor with copies of squares, triangles or hexagons [...] but only in ways that never repeat. 'You want to understand the structure of such tilings,' said Rachel Greenfeld, a mathematician at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. 'How crazy can they get?' Pretty crazy, it turns out."
"Like many people who would go on to become mathematicians, Wei Ho grew up competing in math contests. In eighth grade, she won the Mathcounts state competition in Wisconsin, and her team took third place at nationals."
Introducing D. Dominique Kemp, the first Black student to receive a PhD in Mathematics from Indiana University-Bloomington. He joins the IAS School of Mathematics in 2022–2023 to continue his exploration of problems that connect harmonic analysis with geometry.
Assaf Naor, Member in the
School of Mathematics, has received the 2018 Frederic Esser Nemmers
Mathematics Prize from Northwestern University for his profound
work on the geometry of metric spaces, which has led to
breakthroughs in the theory of...
Strike a billiard ball on a frictionless table with no pockets
so that it never stops bouncing off the table walls. If you
returned years later, what would you find? Would the ball have
settled into some repeating orbit, like a planet circling
The Iranian mathematician and former IAS Member Maryam Mirzakhani, who died on July 15, at the age of forty, was known to her colleagues as a virtuoso in the dynamics and geometry of complex surfaces—“science-fiction mathematics,” one admirer called it—and to her young daughter, Anahita, as something of an artist.
Equiangular lines are an elemental part of geometry. . . .
Mathematicians want to know just how big those sets can get as you
move past the 3-D space of our everyday experience and into higher