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# Unknown Mathematician Proves Elusive Property of Prime Numbers

Submitted by Bradley Keyes on Thu, 2013-06-27 23:00

On April 17, a paper arrived in the inbox of Annals of Mathematics, one of the discipline’s preeminent journals. Written by a mathematician virtually unknown to the experts in his field — a 50-something lecturer at the University of New Hampshire named Yitang Zhang — the paper claimed to have taken a huge step forward in understanding one of mathematics’ oldest problems, the twin primes conjecture.

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