Genius cracks world's most complex math theory, but no one gets it9/19/2012
If a mathematical proof falls in the forest and there’s no one there to understand it, does it still make a sound? Shinichi Mochizuki, a mathematician at Japan’s Kyoto University, has just published a breakthrough series of papers proving one of mathematics’ most complex theories, something called the abc conjecture. A renowned mathematician at Columbia University has labeled Mochizuki’s discovery "one of the most astounding achievements of mathematics in the 21st century." Assuming, that is, others can confirm it. That process may take years, not only because Mochizuki’s proof is itself so complex, but also because he came up with a whole new mathematical language for it, which no one yet understands. And you thought freshman calculus was complicated. [Source]
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