Re: [PrimeNumbers] Bounded Gaps on Prime Numbers
- Yes, Jack, I suspected that this was the case.
Perhaps it's time for someone to make lots of money, by explaining Zhang's proof in simple terms, for us lesser mortals. Even following Terence Tao's and associates' Polymath project does not over reveal too much of the mystery, nor how theirs claims of improved parameters are justified.
Maybe Simon Singh will give it a go - he did quite a good job with Andrew Wiles and the understanding of the proof for Fermat's Last Theorem. Mind you, John Derbyshire might also give it a try - the sooner the better!
On 11 Jul 2013, at 21:16, Jack Brennen <jfb@...> wrote:
> I've never seen discussion on this group of analytic number
> theory at that level. I have seen it on the NMBRTHRY list,
> which I also subscribe to. The high end of math discussed
> here and the low end of math discussed there occasionally
> do overlap.
> That being said, I would wager that only a small percentage
> of the folks on the NMBRTHRY list are qualified to judge the
> validity of Zhang's proof -- but those who are qualified have
> almost certainly seen it by now.
> It's also a very different situation than Mochizuki's claimed
> proof of the ABC Conjecture last year, which as far as I know
> has not been fully digested by anybody. I asked one famous
> number theorist if he had an opinion on Mochizuki's proof, and
> he wasn't even planning to look at it, although he recognized
> Mochizuki's talent and was willing to accept the idea that it
> might be a valid proof.
> Zhang's proof has not only been digested by other number
> theorists, but now that he has showed how to open the door,
> others are improving on his results.
> On 7/11/2013 12:42 PM, bobgillson@... wrote:
>> If Tom Zhang had submitted his paper regarding the above, to this group, how many members would have been able to judge the validity or otherwise of his proof?
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