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

>> 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:
>> <. . . .>

>> If someone who can read Russian can be bothered, I'd be interested to

<> 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

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
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
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
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,


* Vladimir Drobot
* Retired and gainfully unemployed

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