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Dear Readers,

Two weeks ago, I joined my distinguished colleagues Natalie Wolchover, John Rennie and Kevin Hartnett, and the director of the Institute for Advanced Study, Robbert Dijkgraaf, for an intellectually invigorating public panel discussion about some of the big scientific and mathematical themes and ideas contained in our two new books, Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire and The Prime Number Conspiracy. As much fun as the conversation itself proved to be, it was equally wonderful getting to meet and chat with many of the 200+ readers who joined us. If you were there, thank you for making the event a big success. If you weren't able to attend, we have now released the discussion in both video and podcast form.

Before I let you explore our thought-provoking stories from this week (you must watch this video of the mathematician Tadashi Tokieda demonstrating one of his physics "toys"), I hope you will consider reading our books and writing reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Goodreads. And, as we were thrilled to see Bill Gates do yesterday, please spread the word on social media. Any and all royalties from sales of the books go back into Quanta's budget to support the high quality journalism you've come to expect from us.

Sincerely,
Thomas Lin, Quanta editor in chief

 

Q & A
 

A Collector of Math and Physics Surprises

By  ERICA KLARREICH

Tadashi Tokieda discovers new physical phenomena by looking at the everyday world with the eyes of a child.

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Q & A
 

In Search of God’s Perfect Proofs

By  ERICA KLARREICH

The mathematicians Günter Ziegler and Martin Aigner have spent the past 20 years collecting some of the most beautiful proofs in mathematics.

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Q & A
 

The Connoisseur of Number Sequences

By  ERICA KLARREICH

For more than 50 years, the mathematician Neil Sloane has curated the authoritative collection of interesting and important integer sequences.

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MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY
 

Mathematical Simplicity May Drive Evolution’s Speed

By  JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

Computer scientists are looking to evolutionary biology for inspiration in the search for optimal solutions among astronomically huge sets of possibilities.

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EVOLUTION
 

The Surprising Origins of Life’s Complexity

By  CARL ZIMMER

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GEOPHYSICS
 

A Universal Law for the ‘Blood of the Earth’

By  JOSHUA SOKOL

Simple physical principles can be used to describe how rivers grow everywhere from Florida to Mars.

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GEOPHYSICS
 

The Hunt for Earth’s Deep Hidden Oceans

By  MARCUS WOO

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CELL BIOLOGY
 

‘Lava-Lamp’ Proteins May Help Cells Cheat Death

By  KATIA MOSKVITCH

With proteins that reversibly self-assemble into droplets, cells may control their metabolism — and harden themselves against harsh conditions.

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MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
 

The Shape-Shifting Army Inside Your Cells

By  ALLA KATSNELSON

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