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Unheralded Mathematician Bridges Prime Gap

Fundamental problem solved by little-known researcher “whose talents had been so overlooked after he earned his doctorate that he found it difficult to get an academic job, working for several years as an accountant and in a Subway sandwich shop”. Yitang Zhang’s paper proves that “there is some number N smaller than 70 million such that there are infinitely many pairs of primes that differ by N”. Here’s how he did it (2,264 words)

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