Other Films and Guests
Counting from Infinity: Yitang Zhang and the Twin Prime Conjecture
- Directed By: George Csicsery
- 80 Minutes
- Monday, November 9, 2015 7:00 p.m.
In April 2013, a lecturer at the University of New Hampshire submitted a paper to the Annals of Mathematics
, the premier math journal. Within weeks word spread—an unknown mathematician, with no permanent job, working in complete isolation, had made an important breakthrough on the Twin Prime Conjecture. The film recounts Zhang’s rise from obscurity to mathematical celebrity. The story of quiet perseverance amidst adversity is interwoven with a history of the Twin Prime Conjecture.
This screening in sponsored by the Indiana University Department of Mathematics and the Center for Documentary Research and Practice. (HD.)