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Schnirelmann (Was Re: Goldbach Conjecture and Schnirelmann's "300,000 primes")
Posted:
Jan 25, 2010 11:30 AM


<mwatk...@maths.ex.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Incidentally, the Schnirelmann paper which I mentioned as the source >> for the "300000" claim >> [Uspekhi Math. Nauk 6, 38, 1939] >> turns out to be his obituary. >> I found a PDF of the Russian original here:http://tinyurl.com/yzzk9ln >> <. . . .>
>> If someone who can read Russian can be bothered, I'd be interested to
<drobot@pacbell.net> replied
> I don't think the obituary makes the claim about 300,000. i.e., the > claim that every even number can be > represented as a sum of at most 300,000 primes. In a couple of days > I'll make the translation of the obituary available
As promised, I provide a translation of the above reference. You can see it or download it from
http://www.vdrobot.com/Handouts/SchnrlmnObit.pdf
Some notes. The Russian version of this obituary first appears in Rec. Math. [Mat. Sbornik] N.S., 4(46):1 (1938), IIII. The reference above is essentially a reprint, with minor changes. Poke on Google for "Schnirelmann obituary" to see it there. I could not find who was the author, but I really didn't spend a lot of time on it.
There is a very extensive article (in Russian) about Schnirelmann, by V. Tikhomirov and V. Uspenski. It appears in the publication Kvant in 1996, for the details see
http://kvant.mirror1.mccme.ru/1996/02/lev_genrihovich_shnirelman.htm
It is about 20  25 pages long, going into various aspects of his life and his mathematics in a much more detail than the above, which is a rather formal and dry obituary. It is an extremely interesting an lively article, and I think it would be of great interest to the English speaking mathematical community. One of the topics, for example, is the discussion of his death. He apparently committed a suicide, at the age of 33, and the article discusses possible motives  an interest of NKVD (precursor to KGB) in Schnirelmann being one of them. Being retired and gainfully unemployed, with lots of time, I'd be willing to provide a translation, but before I start I'd like to know if one already exists, perhaps. I am not into reinventing wheels. I poked around the web, and could not find anything, but if anyone knows that a translation was already done, let me know. Otherwise, I'll start plodding.
As ever,
Vlad
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