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- Articles by Rachel Thomas and Marianne Freiberger

How Heron of Alexandria missed his chance to explore the unknown mathematical land of complex numbers.

Physicists have finally detected the gravitational waves they have been chasing for nearly 100 years.

How calculating the height of a frustum gave a glimpse of the mathematical frontier.

Meet the number that's bigger than the observable Universe!

The 2013 Nobel prize in physics goes to Peter Higgs and François Englert for proposing the mechanism that gives things mass.

Quantum mechanics is usually associated with weird and counterintuitve phenomena we can't observe in real life. But it turns out that quantum processes can occur in living organisms, too, and with very concrete consequences. Some species of birds use quantum mechanics to navigate. And as *Plus* found out at a recent conference, studying these little creatures' quantum compass may help us achieve the holy grail of computer science: building a quantum computer.