Category Archives: Number theory

Updates (belated) Between New Haven, Jerusalem, and Tel-Aviv

This is a (very much) belated update post from the beginning of March (2016). New Haven I spent six weeks in February (2016) in New Haven. It was very nice to get back to Yale after more than two years. Here … Continue reading

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EDP Reflections and Celebrations

The Problem In 1932, Erdős conjectured: Erdős Discrepancy Conjecture (EDC)  [Problem 9 here] For any constant , there is an such that the following holds. For any function , there exists an   and a   such that For any , … Continue reading

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Polymath 8 – a Success!

Yitang Zhang Update (July 22, ’14). The polymath8b paper “Variants of the Selberg sieve, and bounded intervals containing many primes“, is now on the arXiv. See also this post on Terry Tao’s blog. Since the last update, we also had here … Continue reading

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Polymath8: Bounded Gaps Between Primes

Yitang Zhang’s very recent shocking paper demonstrated that bounded gaps between primes occur infinitely often, with the explicit upper bound of 70,000,000 given for this gap. Polymath8 was launched for the dual purpose of learning Zhang’s proof and improving the upper bound … Continue reading

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Why is mathematics possible?

Spectacular advances in number theory Last weeks we heard about two spectacular results in number theory.  As announced in Nature, Yitang Zhang proved that there are infinitely many pairs of consecutive primes which are at most 70 million apart! This is a sensational achievement. … Continue reading

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