Uncovering a prime failure

By Erica Klarreich, 15:49 PM April 15, 2008

Mathematicians have returned to the drawing board after what looked like a dramatic step forward in understanding prime numbers–those whole numbers divisible only by themselves and 1. Daniel A. Goldston of San Jose (Calif.) State University and Cem Y. Yildirim of Bogazii University in Istanbul have acknowledged a flaw in work they announced in March, which appeared to say that tight clusters of primes show up among whole numbers no matter how large the numbers are (SN: 3/29/03, p. 195: Prime...

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