Maze Proof Establishes a ‘Backbone’ for Statistical Mechanics

Imagine that a grid of hexagons, honeycomb-like, stretches before you. Some hexagons are empty; others are filled by a 6-foot tall column of solid concrete. The result is a maze of sorts. For over half a century, mathematicians have posed questions about such randomly generated mazes. How big is the largest web of cleared paths? What are the chances that there is a path from one edge to the center...


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