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Yitang Zhang: While working for  University of New Hampshire as a lecturer, Zhang submitted an article to the Annals of Mathematics in 2013 which established the first finite bound on the least gap between consecutive primes that is attained infinitely often

Occasionally, a major mathematical discovery comes from an individual working in isolation, and this gives rise to great surprise. Such an advance was(...)

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire proposed a compromise to secure agreement for an EU-wide digital sales tax. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s finance minister, Olaf Scholz, had long conveyed reservations about the European Commission’s proposed directive for a digital sales tax (DS(...)

  (L-R) German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Pierre Moscovici, French Finance minister Bruno Le Maire and Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos during a meeting of the Eurogroup in Luxembourg .  Photograph: Julian Waranud/EPA

Euro zone member states last night approved an historic package allowing Greece to exit on August 20th from its third bailout programme, an end to an (...)

Italian mathematician Gerolamo Cardano, the founder of probability.
Cubic skulduggery and intrigue

Western civilization woke with a start after the slumbers of the medieval age. Universities in Bologna, Oxford, Salamanca, Paris and elsewhere began t(...)

It’s a piece of cake: One way to remember the value of pi is by means of a ‘piem’, a poem whose words have letters corresponding to the digits of pi
It’s as easy as pi

Every circle has the property that the distance around it is just over three times the distance across. This has been known since the earliest times. (...)

Pythagoras: the mathematician in The School of Athens, by Raphael, from 1509. Photograph: Creative Commons/Wikimedia

According to Plato, a core of mathematical knowledge, later known as the quadrivium, was essential for an understanding of the universe. He outlined t(...)

Athens has agreed to raise the equivalent of 2% of gross domestic product by cutting pensions further in 2019, and increasing tax receipts. Photograph: Getty Images

Greece and its foreign creditors reached a deal early on Tuesday on a package of bailout-mandated reforms, Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos sa(...)

Scanning the headlines in Athens: Greece was back at the negotiating table with the EU and the IMF on Tuesday, looking to keep crucial bailout funds flowing. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Teams of officials from the EU and the International Monetary Fund begin work in Athens on Tuesday knowing that euro zone finance ministers and the in(...)

Students  protest against  austerity measures  in Athens  this month. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty

In about 1505 Raphael painted The Three Graces, a study of the young ladies of Greek mythology, traditionally endowed with sincerity and openness. On (...)

The bellowing TV salesman – sometimes a “King”, often “mad” – was a staple of public- access television long before YouTube made broadcasters of us a(...)

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