Quanta Magazine

Last March, Iowa State University mathematicians Leslie Hogben and Carolyn Reinhart received a welcome surprise. Adam Wagner, a postdoctoral fellow at Tel Aviv University, emailed to let them know he’d answered a question they’d published the week before — though not by any of the usual math or brute-force computing techniques. Instead, he used a game-playing machine.

“I was very happy to have the question answered. I was excited that Adam had done it with AI,” said Hogben.

Hogben and Reinhart’s problem was one of four that Wagner solved using artificial intelligence. And while AI has contributed to mathematics before,

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