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<p>There's been progress on one of the biggest open problems in maths: the twin prime conjecture.</p>
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<p>When <a href="http://www.magd.ox.ac.uk/member-of-staff/james-maynard/">James Maynard</a> gave his talk at the <a href="http://www.bmc-bamc.org.uk">British (Applied)
Mathematics Colloquium</a> last week, there was a distinct air of
expectation in the room — and no seats left as so many mathematicians
had squeezed in to see him. The reason was two-fold: not only
has Maynard made significant progress in one of the biggest open
problems in maths, but also is
this problem really easy to understand, even if
you are not a mathematician.<p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/find-gap" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/find-gap#commentsBMC2015Goldbach Conjecturenumber theoryprime numbertwin prime conjectureThu, 09 Apr 2015 13:24:26 +0000mf3446346 at https://plus.maths.org/contentFrom 70 million to just 600...
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<p>This year has seen a flurry of results as mathematicians hunt down the elusive proof of the twin prime conjecture. Will they get their wish for Christmas this year?</p>
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<p>This year has seen a flurry of results as mathematicians hunt down the elusive proof of the twin prime conjecture.
</p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/70-million-just-600-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/70-million-just-600-0#commentsnumber theorytwin prime conjectureThu, 28 Nov 2013 11:48:59 +0000Rachel5977 at https://plus.maths.org/contentTwins move within reach
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<p>Agreeing to pay £50,000 for something worth £2 wouldn't win you any haggling competitions. In mathematics, however, a similar result can bring you international acclaim. This is the case with recent progress towards the famous twin prime conjecture.</p>
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<p>Agreeing to pay £50,000 for something worth £2 wouldn't win you any haggling competitions. In mathematics, however, a similar result can bring you international acclaim. Mathematics can be a lot like haggling: if you can't get the answer you want, you try to get as close as possible. In the case of the famous <em>twin prime conjecture</em> the answer you want is 2. Recent results claim to have managed just over 50,000, but they are causing quite a stir.
That's because the gap between 2 and 50,000 is a whole lot smaller than the gap between 50,000 and infinity. </p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/twins-move-within-reach" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/twins-move-within-reach#commentsnumber theorytwin prime conjectureTue, 25 Jun 2013 09:56:49 +0000mf3445914 at https://plus.maths.org/contentElusive twins
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A major advance towards the twin prime conjecture </div>
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<p>How many twins are there?</p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/elusive-twins" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/elusive-twins#commentsnumber theoryprime numbertwin prime conjectureWed, 01 Jun 2005 23:00:00 +0000plusadmin2575 at https://plus.maths.org/contentMind the gap
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Can Dan Goldston and Cem Yalcin Yildrim repair the hole in their proof to make the biggest breakthrough in prime number theory for 80 years? </div>
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<p>Mathematicians are holding their breath. Can Dan Goldston and Cem Yalcin Yildrim repair the hole in their proof to make the biggest breakthrough in prime number theory for 80 years?</p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/mind-gap" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/mind-gap#commentsClay Institute Millennium Prize Problemsmathematics in the mediaprime numberRiemann hypothesistwin prime conjectureMon, 12 May 2003 23:00:00 +0000plusadmin2720 at https://plus.maths.org/contentMathematical mysteries: twin primes
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<p>We know there is infinitely many primes, but are there infinitely many twin primes?</p>
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<p>Prime numbers are a rich and ancient source of mathematical mystery. It has been known for over 2000 years that there are an infinite number of them.</p>
<p>This issue's mathematical mystery concerns pairs of prime numbers called <em>twin primes</em>. A pair of prime numbers are twins if they differ by 2. If you look at a list of the first 50 primes you'll see that it contains 16 twin prime pairs:</p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/mathematical-mysteries-twin-primes" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/mathematical-mysteries-twin-primes#comments4Mathematical mysteriesprime numbertwin prime conjectureThu, 01 Jan 1998 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin4761 at https://plus.maths.org/content