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May 15, 2013

PLEASE CELEBRATE RESPONSIBLY

Researchers hoping to get ‘2’ as the answer for a long-sought proof involving pairs of prime numbers are celebrating the fact that a mathematician has wrestled the value down from infinity to 70 million.

(Thanks to Jon Harris)

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2 and 2 are 4...
4 and 4 are 8...
8 and 8 are 16
2,003,663,613 × 2195,000 − 1 and 2,003,663,613 × 2195,000 + 1.

Thanks Dave. Reading that gave me a migraine.

Just the paragraph above gave me a headache. I knew better than to click on it.

Cool. 35 years ago, there's a chance I would have been able to follow the actual paper. Today ... not so much.

*eyes glaze over*
*string of drool*

Numbers? What numbers?

I met some prime twins during Happy Hour once.

Bob, were you able to get to N + 1 as N --> 00 ? Nudge nudge...wink wink.

Close enough for government work.

Seriously, this is major news in mathematics.

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