Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Breakthrough in number theory

2011 started with the announcement of an outstanding achievement in number theory: the discovery of a finite, algebraic formula for partition numbers. The real technical stuff is daunting, but below is a remarkable, partly informal and historical talk by the senior figure of the research team, Ken Ono. And maybe someone in the philosophy of mathematics could find inspiration for an engaging case-study?

(I owe the pointer to Walking Randomly.)

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