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Paul Nelson has solved the subconvexity problem, bringing mathematicians one step closer to understanding the Riemann hypothesis and the distribution of prime numbers.
A number theorist recalls his first encounter with the Riemann hypothesis and breaks down the math in a new Quanta video.
Mathematicians try to figure out when problems can be solved using current knowledge — and when they have to chart a new path instead.
Equations, like numbers, cannot always be split into simpler elements.
Quanta’s In Theory video series returns with an exploration of a mysterious mathematical pattern found throughout nature.
Akshay Venkatesh, a former prodigy who struggled with the genius stereotype, has won a Fields Medal for his “profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics.”
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