Cafe Scientifique Talk – Closing the Gap: The Quest to Understand Prime Numbers

Date:  Wednesday 10 June 2020

Speaker: Dr Vicky Neale, Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, and Supernumerary Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford

Prime numbers have intrigued, inspired and infuriated mathematicians for millennia and yet mathematicians’ difficulty with answering simple questions about them reveals their depth and subtlety.

In this talk, which shares its title with her first book, Vicky will describe recent progress towards proving the famous Twin Primes Conjecture and the very different ways in which these breakthroughs have been made — a solo mathematician working in isolation, a young mathematician displaying creativity at the start of a career, and a large  collaboration that reveals much about how mathematicians go about their work.

Time/Logistics:  7.30-9.30pm via Zoom.  Please register to get meeting details just prior to the event via





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