Archive for February, 2012

My Father-in-law

February 13, 2012

Jack King and baseball team in Papua, New Guinea

Jack King was my father-in-law, and my buddy. He served in New Guinea in WWII. Here he is with his baseball buddies!! He’s on the front row, second from left.

He was one of the best baseball players in Wythe County, Va (his home was Ivanhoe, Va), and was selected to play on a special team the Army created during the War.

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Big News in Number Theory

February 4, 2012

Terence Tao has posted a new paper on the arXiv giving a proof that all odd integers greater than 1 can be written as the sum of at most 5 primes. This was proven before, on the assumption of the Riemann Hypothesis, but he has removed the need this assumption. The key work in the title is ALL; previous work has shown that any LARGE ENOUGH integer can be written as the sum of at most three primes.

This is a pretty big step forward I think. For details, see Terence’s blog and the paper itself.

Happy 2012,

Tom