PUBLIC LECTURE: Two centuries of prime numbers
The 2013 Mahler Lecture by Akshay Venkatesh, Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University.
Surprisingly, there have been fundamental new discoveries about prime numbers in the last decade, most recently by Yitang Zhang a few months ago. In this lecture, Professor Venkatesh will survey some of our understanding of prime numbers in a nontechnical fashion, starting with the “music of the primes” - the strange oscillations between regions where primes are more common and more scarce - and concluding with a discussion of Zhang’s discovery: prime numbers must occasionally come very close to one another.
Cost: Free, but RSVP essential to https://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/akshay-venkatesh
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