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How to Free Your Inner MathematicianNotes on Mathematics and Life$
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Susan D'Agostino

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198843597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198843597.001.0001

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Search for like-minded math friends, because of the Twin Prime Conjecture

Search for like-minded math friends, because of the Twin Prime Conjecture

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(p.125) 21 Search for like-minded math friends, because of the Twin Prime Conjecture
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How to Free Your Inner Mathematician
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Susan D'Agostino

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843597.003.0022

“Search for like-minded math friends, because of the Twin Prime Conjecture” tells the story of a famous conjecture about prime numbers and the unknown mathematician, Yitang Zhang, who reported a significant breakthrough on the problem that earned him a MacArthur Fellowship. The Twin Prime Conjecture is a statement claiming that the number of prime number pairs that differ by two is infinite. Even though remote parts of the number line have a sparse distribution of primes, mathematicians suspect that the claim is true. Mathematics students and enthusiasts are encouraged to draw inspiration from this story by searching for like-minded friends in their mathematical and life pursuits. At the chapter’s end, readers may check their understanding by working on a problem. A solution is provided.

Keywords:   Twin Prime Conjecture, twin prime, Yitang Zhang, math, student

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