David Hilbert

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Goldbach’s conjecture is one of the best-known unsolved problems in mathematics.

The starting point for rigorous reasoning in mathematics is a system of axioms. An axiom is a statement that is assumed, without demonstration, to be (...)

Stamp featuring William Rowan Hamilton,  an innovative mathematician and physicist of the highest order

Mathematicians are not renowned for their ability to reach the deepest recesses of the human soul. This talent is usually associated with great artist(...)

An undated portrait of German mathematician Bernhard Riemann (1826-1866). Riemann established the foundations of modern differential geometry and, in 1859, formulated the hypothesis that bears his name.  Photograph: Bettmann/Getty Images

A major mathematical result has been announced by British-Lebanese mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah. In a talk at the 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum in(...)

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The claim is often made that mathematical results are immutable. Once proven, they remain forever valid. But things are not so simple. There are probl(...)

Emmy Noether: she was one of the great creative mathematical geniuses, but was unable to secure a paid teaching post in her native Germany

The number of women who have excelled in mathematics is lamentably small. Many reasons may be given, foremost being that the rules of society well (...)