Applied mathematics

Applied mathematics is the application of mathematical techniques to describe real-world systems and solve technologically relevant problems. This can include the mechanics of a moving body, the statistics governing the atoms in a gas or developing more efficient algorithms for computational analysis. These ideas are closely linked with those of theoretical physics.

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  • News and Views |

    The mechanics of many materials can be modelled by a network of balls connected by springs. A bottom-up approach based on differential geometry now captures changes in mechanics upon network growth or merger, going beyond the linear deformation regime.

    • A. Souslov
    •  & V. Vitelli
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Modern physics edged mechanics out into the wilds of engineering. But multidisciplinary interest in pattern formation has moved it back into the mainstream, bringing with it interest from other fields — as this summer’s Solvay Workshop demonstrated.

    • Pedro M. Reis
    • , Fabian Brau
    •  & Pascal Damman
    Nature Physics 14, 1150-1151
  • News and Views |

    Behind pressing scientific questions of sustainability, unexplored areas of theoretical and mathematical knowledge await discovery. A fresh take on the notion of resilience provides a glimpse of what to expect.

    • Axel G. Rossberg
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Solid angle is an ancient notion with modern relevance. A one-page primer by Ben Kravitz.

    • Ben Kravitz
    Nature Physics 14, 968
  • News and Views |

    Network neuroscience has begun to generate fundamental insights into the structures and dynamics that lie beneath human cognition. Targeting the question what creates differences between humans, a study finds that individual differences in connectivity patterns in brain networks underlie individual differences in task performance.

    • Satu Palva