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Progress in Prime Number Theory

Roger Heath-Brown FRS

Date Icon Week 6, Tuesday 24 February HT 2015
Time Icon 8:15pm

This will be a low-brow talk about some of the classical problems in the theory of prime numbers, and the progress that has been made in the recent (and not-so-recent) past. The prime numbers form a well-defined, deterministic, sequence. Yet they seem best to be described statistically. This makes their properties easy to guess, but hard to prove. Nonetheless there have been some remarkable successes in the past few years.