Titans of Mathematics Clash Over Epic Proof of ABC Conjecture

Titans of Mathematics Clash Over Epic Proof of ABC Conjecture

Erica Klarreich:

In a report posted online todayPeter Scholze of the University of Bonn and Jakob Stix of Goethe University Frankfurt describe what Stix calls a “serious, unfixable gap” within a mammoth series of papers by Shinichi Mochizuki, a mathematician at Kyoto University who is renowned for his brilliance. Posted online in 2012, Mochizuki’s papers supposedly prove the abc conjecture, one of the most far-reaching problems in number theory.