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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NOT To Be Missed... on number theory/prime gaps


"After a while, these things taunt you".... (T. Tao)

FANTASTIC piece from Erica Klarreich and Quanta Magazine today on another obvious, but deep question from number theory (how LARGE can prime gaps be? ...sort of the reverse of the twin-prime question):

https://www.quantamagazine.org/20141210-prime-gap-grows-after-decades-long-lull/

Includes a "favorite joke" of number theorists that I'd not heard before :-) and also perhaps my favorite photo from all of mathematics: Paul Erdös and Terence Tao (as a child) together.
Seriously, with mentions of Yitang Zhang, Erdös, Tao, James Maynard, prime gaps, a crazy-ass log formula, and $10,000 prize, what is there not to love!


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