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Number Theory

Homage to a Mysterious Genius

Amir Aczel | Posted 07.27.2015 | Science
Amir Aczel

April 26, is the 95th anniversary of the death of one of the most astounding mathematical geniuses of all time, the self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Iyengar Ramanujan (1887-1920), whose stunning contributions to many areas of mathematics are still being plumbed by experts today.

What Is the ABC Conjecture?

Shunsuke Katayama | Posted 09.30.2013 | Science
Shunsuke Katayama

Conjectures are proposals which are thought to be true but has not been proven yet. When a conjecture is proved, it becomes a theorem. A counterexample can also be found to show that the conjecture is NOT correct.

The Mystery of the Primes

Amir Aczel | Posted 08.10.2013 | Science
Amir Aczel

The primes have been known since early antiquity and fascinated the ancient Greeks, who marveled at their nature. What is interesting about prime numbers is that they become rarer as we progress through the integers.

Mathematician Claims Breakthrough In Centuries-Old Problem

natureheader | Posted 05.14.2013 | Science

By Maggie McKee It’s a result only a mathematician could love. Researchers hoping to get ‘2’ as the answer for a long-sought proof involving pa...