Looking for patterns in the prime numbers

 Public lecture by Professor Ben Green FRS

Event details

Professor Ben Green FRS is the Herchel Smith Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.

The prime numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17... are those whole numbers with no factors, numbers that divide evenly into larger numbers, other than themselves and 1. They are the building blocks of arithmetic and have fascinated mathematicians for millennia. To a large extent, however, they remain mysterious. This lecture will explain a little of what we do understand about them and will also try to explain some reasons why their study has proven so difficult.

A recorded video is available above.

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