Counting from Infinity: Yitang Zhang and the Twin Prime Conjecture

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Counting from Infinity: Yitang Zhang and the Twin Prime Conjecture

  • 2015
  • Directed By: George Csicsery
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Documentary
  • 80 Minutes
  1. Monday, November 9, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Image from the film Counting from Infinity
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.)