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Topic: First Proof That Infinitely Many Prime Numbers Come in Pairs
Replies: 30   Last Post: May 28, 2013 6:01 AM

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 Phil Carmody Posts: 2,219 Registered: 12/7/04
Re: First Proof That Infinitely Many Prime Numbers Come in Pairs
Posted: May 23, 2013 5:54 AM

Pubkeybreaker <pubkeybreaker@aol.com> writes:

> On May 17, 6:42 am, rich...@cogsci.ed.ac.uk (Richard Tobin) wrote:
> > In article <4c7758a5-2b88-4756-91f1-d59d43bcd...@d6g2000yqi.googlegroups.com>,
> >
> > Pubkeybreaker  <pubkeybrea...@aol.com> wrote:

> > >This is a gross misstatement of the proof. It did NOT prove that there
> > >were infinitely many prime pairs.  What it did prove was that the gap
> > >between primes is FINITELY BOUNDED infinitely often.  The bound is 70
> > >x 10^6.

> >
> > I agree that the article (quoted from Scientific American) is unclear,
> > but it appears to be using "prime pairs" to mean "successive primes",
> > and "twin primes" to mean "prime pairs where the difference is 2".
> >
> > That makes the headline misleading because we already knew there were
> > infinitely many pairs of successive primes.

>
> Not with a finitely bounded gap between them we didn't.

I interpreted the headline (having already heard the story via other routes)
as meaning that there is a finite gap such that there are infinitely many
consecutive primes with that gap. At no point did I interpret "prime pairs"
to mean "twin primes" rather than "consecutive primes a fixed, but unspecified,
distance apart".

Phil
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