Significant Digits For Monday, Sept. 24, 2018

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Corollary 3.12

A few years ago, Shinichi Mochizuki, a famously brilliant mathematician at Kyoto University, posted online what was meant to be a proof of the “abc conjecture,” an important idea in number theory. The would-be proof was hundreds of pages, which themselves referred to hundreds of other pages, and jeez just boy was it a slog — but a slog generally accepted as correct. Until...

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