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Mathematicians have solved traffic jams, and they're begging cities to listen

Mathematicians are unimpressed by engineers' solutions.

Most traffic jams are unnecessary, and this deeply irks mathematicians who specialize in traffic flow. They reserve particular vitriol for local transport engineers. "They do not have competencies in the field of system-related increases in traffic performance," says Alexander Krylatov, a mathematics professor at St. Petersburg University. "If engineers manage to achieve local improvements, after a while the flows rearrange and the same traffic jams appear in other places." Burn!

Krylatov would like to solve urban traffic jams forever, so much so that he has coauthored a book of new math approaches to traffic and ways to implement them. (Translation: Engineers, Let Us Handle This.) Four takeaways:

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