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Hunting the elusive L-function

(PhysOrg.com) -- There was a lot of excitement last month about ‘L-functions’. A PhD student in the Department of Mathematics, University of Bristol, Ce Bian, in collaboration with his supervisor, Dr Andrew ...

Aug 06, 2008
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A revolution in knot theory

In the 19th century, Lord Kelvin made the inspired guess that elements are knots in the "ether". Hydrogen would be one kind of knot, oxygen a different kind of knot---and so forth throughout the periodic table ...

Nov 10, 2011
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Where mathematics and astrophysics meet

The mathematicians were trying to extend an illustrious result in their field, the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra. The astrophysicists were working on a fundamental problem in their field, the problem of gravitational ...

Jun 05, 2008
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Explained: The Discrete Fourier Transform

(PhysOrg.com) -- In 1811, Joseph Fourier, the 43-year-old prefect of the French district of Isčre, entered a competition in heat research sponsored by the French Academy of Sciences. The paper he submitted ...

Nov 25, 2009
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