Physics & mathematics
Whether it's the forces that keep athletes twirling, the weird laws governing the quantum realm, or the farout ideas of time travel and alternate universes, physics and mathematics cover a lot of interesting territory.
Our team of expert science writers and editors are here to demystify these concepts with clarity and accuracy, keeping you up to date with the latest physics news, discoveries, articles and features.
Latest about Physics & Mathematics


High school students who came up with 'impossible' proof of Pythagorean theorem discover 9 more solutions to the problem
By Sascha Pare Published

Keeping time: The history, origin and meanings of B.C. and A.D.
By Robert Coolman Last updated

What is the largest known prime number?
By Charles Q. Choi Last updated

The 9 most massive numbers in existence
By Tia Ghose Last updated

Largest known prime number, spanning 41 million digits, discovered by amateur mathematician using free software
By Ben Turner Published

The '3body problem' may not be so chaotic after all, new study suggests
By Skyler Ware Published

Black holes from the universe's infancy could reveal invisible matter
By Paul Sutter Published

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Dark Energy


The universe may end in a 'Big Freeze,' holographic model of the universe suggests
By Paul Sutter Published

Huge cosmological mystery could be solved by wormholes, new study argues
By Andrey Feldman Published

Black hole singularities defy physics. New research could finally do away with them.
By Andrey Feldman Published

Largest 3D map of our universe could 'turn cosmology upside down'
By Sharmila Kuthunur Published

The expansion of the universe could be a mirage, new theoretical study suggests
By Robert Lea Published

Dark energy could lead to a second (and third, and fourth) Big Bang, new research suggests
By Paul Sutter Published

What Is dark energy?
By Adam Mann Last updated

Largest dark energy map could reveal the fate of the universe
By Tom Metcalfe Published

Did a dark energy discovery just prove Einstein wrong? Not quite.
By Paul Sutter Published

Dark Matter


Black holes from the universe's infancy could reveal invisible matter
By Paul Sutter Published

The universe had a secret life before the Big Bang, new study hints
By Andrey Feldman Published

'Immortal' stars at the Milky Way's center may have found an endless energy source, study suggests
By Andrey Feldman Published

Earth's upper atmosphere could hold a missing piece of the universe, new study hints
By Paul Sutter Published

Euclid space telescope reveals more than 300,000 new objects in 1st 24 hours of observations (photos)
By Ben Turner Published

Giant 'rogue waves' of invisible matter might be disrupting the orbits of stars, new study hints
By Paul Sutter Published

Cosmic 'superbubbles' might be throwing entire galaxies into chaos, theoretical study hints
By Paul Sutter Published

The universe may be dominated by particles that break causality and move faster than light, new paper suggests
By Paul Sutter Published

Millions of invisible 'mirror stars' could exist in the Milky Way, and astronomers know how to find them
By Paul Sutter Published

Gravity


Dead stars sometimes shine again — and gravity itself may be responsible
By Paul Sutter Published

Elusive Planet Nine could be an alternative form of gravity masquerading as a planet, study claims
By Harry Baker Published

Major CERN experiment proves antigravity doesn't exist — at least when it comes to antimatter
By Sharmila Kuthunur Published

Rare 'Einstein cross' warps light from one of the universe's brightest objects in this stunning image
By Ben Turner Published

Da Vinci understood key aspect of gravity centuries before Einstein, lost sketches reveal
By Ben Turner Published

Scientists reveal 'invisible' galaxy from the early universe, using spacetime trick predicted by Einstein
By JoAnna Wendel Published

Physicists want to use gravitational waves to 'see' the beginning of time
By Andrey Feldman Published

Something is wrong with Einstein's theory of gravity
By Kazuya Koyama Published

China builds 'artificial moon' for gravity experiment
By Ben Turner Published

Mathematics


High school students who came up with 'impossible' proof of Pythagorean theorem discover 9 more solutions to the problem
By Sascha Pare Published

What is the largest known prime number?
By Charles Q. Choi Last updated

The 9 most massive numbers in existence
By Tia Ghose Last updated

Largest known prime number, spanning 41 million digits, discovered by amateur mathematician using free software
By Ben Turner Published

This 180yearold graffiti scribble was actually an equation that changed the history of mathematics
By Robyn Arianrhod Published

'Can you predict the future? Yes, of course you can.': Inside the 1 equation that can predict the weather, sporting events, and more
By Tom Chivers Published

World's most difficult maze could help reveal the secrets of otherworldly quasicrystals
By Ben Turner Published

'The beauty of symbolic equations is that it's much easier to … see a problem at a glance': How we moved from words and pictures to thinking symbolically
By Robyn Arianrhod Published

Avi Wigderson wins $1 million Turing Award for using randomness to change computer science
By Ben Turner Published

Particle Physics


1stever observation of 'spooky action' between quarks is highestenergy quantum entanglement ever detected
By Ben Turner Published

Heaviest antimatter particle ever discovered could hold secrets to our universe's origins
By Ben Turner Published

The Higgs particle could break physics throughout the universe. Here's why it hasn't.
By Lucien Heurtier Published

'A remarkable conspiracy': Why is matter neutral? Physicist Frank Close explores the mystery in a new book
By Ben Turner Published

Antimatter detected on International Space Station could reveal new physics
By Andrey Feldman Published

Google Doodle honors César Lattes, Brazilian physicist who discovered a longsought particle hidden in cosmic rays
By Ben Turner Published

Peter Higgs, Nobel Prizewinning physicist who predicted the Higgs boson, dies at 94
By Stephanie Pappas Published

Mysterious 'unparticles' may be pushing the universe apart, new theoretical study suggests
By Andrey Feldman Published

World's smallest particle accelerator is 54 million times smaller than the Large Hadron Collider, and it works
By Harry Baker Published

Quantum Physics


Quantum physicists discover 'negative time' in strange experiment
By Manon Bischoff Published

Stephen Hawking's black hole radiation paradox could finally be solved — if black holes aren't what they seem
By Andrey Feldman Published

Physicists find superconductor behavior at temperatures once thought 'impossible'
By Ben Turner Published

Longstanding physics mystery may soon be solved, thanks to Einstein and quantum computing
By William Mark Stuckey Published

Time might be a mirage created by quantum physics, study suggests
By Ben Turner Published

Atoms squished closer together than ever before, revealing seemingly impossible quantum effects
By Victoria Atkinson Published

Stunning image shows atoms transforming into quantum waves — just as Schrödinger predicted
By Ben Turner Published

Reference
Quantum mechanics: Definitions, axioms, and key concepts of quantum physics
By Adam Mann Last updated

Tweak to Schrödinger's cat equation could unite Einstein's relativity and quantum mechanics, study hints
By Andrey Feldman Published

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Black holes from the universe's infancy could reveal invisible matter
By Paul Sutter Published

The universe may end in a 'Big Freeze,' holographic model of the universe suggests
By Paul Sutter Published

This 180yearold graffiti scribble was actually an equation that changed the history of mathematics
By Robyn Arianrhod Published
