Saturday, September 23, 2006

B71 #6: MacArthur Foundation (message from CY Lam)

Terry Tao, son of classmate Grace Leung, has been elected a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, just weeks after the Fields Medal.

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Congrutulations to the Taos!

Chiu Ying


Edward Sin said...

Today is Sept 27, 2006. I read the article about Terence Tao.

In the article, it said that "Tao offered a proof of the longstanding conjecture that there exist arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions consisting only of prime numbers."

Two ideas came to my mind:
a) Where are our mathematics classmates (those who studied 8 papers mathematics)? What status are they in? Possibly we should enlarge our circle to include them.
b) I thought that prime numbers do not have fixed patterns, although the last digit can only be 1, 3, 7 and 9. how can there be an arithmetic progression consisiting only of prime numbers? Can Grace Leung enlighten us using our BSc layman language?

Edward Sin said...

Today is October 6 (lunar August 15).

I am pleased to report that Grace Leung's reply dated Sept 28 gives the following helpful hint:

please read the example quoted in the following article (5th paragraph).