One of the most famous messages ever beamed to space was a string of 1,679 bits sent by the Arecibo radio telescope in 1974. But if E.T. sent us such a string, how could we Earthlings even begin to decode it? A new mathematical approach proposes a way. For anyone trying to interpret the Arecibo […]

## Here’s a peek into the mathematics of black holes

Black holes exist in our universe. That’s widely accepted today. Physicists have detected the X-rays emitted when black holes feed, analyzed the gravitational waves from black hole collisions and even imaged two of these behemoths. But mathematician Elena Giorgi of Columbia University studies black holes in a different way. “Black holes are mathematical solutions to […]