No, I don't need help with my math homework. But I thought you might like to know that the U.S. government, through DARPA, needs some help with its own math homework. All you have to do is get a government contract to solve a few problems! Unfortunately, some of them might be a bit hard. They span wide-ranging fields, not just pure mathematics, and some have been well-known unsolved problems for a long time. You've got 23 to choose from, so take your pick and have fun! Be sure to apply by the deadline of next September. See FedBizOpps for details. The Mathematics of the BrainDevelop a mathematical theory to build a functional model of the brain that is mathematically consistent and predictive rather than merely biologically inspired. The Dynamics of NetworksDevelop the high-dimensional mathematics needed to accurately model and predict behavior in large-scale distributed networks that evolve over time occurring in communication, biology and the social sciences. Capture and Harness Stochasticity in NatureAddress Mumford's call for new mathematics for the 21st century. Develop methods that capture persistence in stochastic environments. 21st Century FluidsClassical fluid dynamics and the Navier-Stokes Equation were extraordinarily successful in obtaining quantitative understanding of shock waves, turbulence and solitons, but new methods are needed to tackle complex fluids such as foams, suspensions, gels and liquid crystals. Biological Quantum Field TheoryQuantum and statistical methods have had great success modeling virus evolution. Can such techniques be used to model more complex systems such as bacteria? Can these techniques be used to control pathogen evolution? Computational DualityDuality in mathematics has been a profound tool for theoretical understanding. Can it be extended to develop principled computational techniques where duality and geometry are the basis for novel algorithms? Occam's Razor in Many DimensionsAs data collection increases can we "do more with less" by finding lower bounds for sensing complexity in systems? This is related to questions about entropy maximization algorithms. Beyond Convex OptimizationCan linear algebra be replaced by algebraic geometry in a systematic way? What are the Physical Consequences of Perelman's Proof of Thurston's Geometrization Theorem?Can profound theoretical advances in understanding three dimensions be applied to construct and manipulate structures across scales to fabricate novel materials? Algorithmic Origami and BiologyBuild a stronger mathematical theory for isometric and rigid embedding that can give insight into protein folding. Optimal NanostructuresDevelop new mathematics for constructing optimal globally symmetric structures by following simple local rules via the process of nanoscale self-assembly. The Mathematics of Quantum Computing, Algorithms, and EntanglementIn the last century we learned how quantum phenomena shape our world. In the coming century we need to develop the mathematics required to control the quantum world. Creating a Game Theory that ScalesWhat new scalable mathematics is needed to replace the traditional Partial Differential Equations (PDE) approach to differential games? An Information Theory for Virus EvolutionCan Shannon's theory shed light on this fundamental area of biology? The Geometry of Genome SpaceWhat notion of distance is needed to incorporate biological utility? What are the Symmetries and Action Principles for Biology?Extend our understanding of symmetries and action principles in biology along the lines of classical thermodynamics, to include important biological concepts such as robustness, modularity, evolvability and variability. Geometric Langlands and Quantum PhysicsHow does the Langlands program, which originated in number theory and representation theory, explain the fundamental symmetries of physics? And vice versa? Arithmetic Langlands, Topology, and GeometryWhat is the role of homotopy theory in the classical, geometric, and quantum Langlands programs? Settle the Riemann HypothesisThe Holy Grail of number theory. Computation at ScaleHow can we develop asymptotics for a world with massively many degrees of freedom? Settle the Hodge ConjectureThis conjecture in algebraic geometry is a metaphor for transforming transcendental computations into algebraic ones. Settle the Smooth Poincare Conjecture in Dimension 4What are the implications for space-time and cosmology? And might the answer unlock the secret of "dark energy"? What are the Fundamental Laws of Biology?This question will remain front and center for the next 100 years. DARPA places this challenge last as finding these laws will undoubtedly require the mathematics developed in answering several of the questions listed above.