>> Incidentally, the Schnirelmann paper which I mentioned as the source >> for the "300000" claim >> [Uspekhi Math. Nauk 6, 3-8, 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
> 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
Some notes. The Russian version of this obituary first appears in Rec. Math. [Mat. Sbornik] N.S., 4(46):1 (1938), I-III. 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
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 re-inventing 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.
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