Date: 8/5/96 at 22:29:45 From: Anonymous Subject: 1+1 Theorem What is the 1+1 theorem? I have heard that a Chinese mathematician, J.R. Chen (same surname as me, but no relation), proved some (1+2) theorem and was close to proving the (1+1) theorem. He died in March this year, aged 63, and was known for his exceptional talent in mathematics, his atrociously poor health (he spent the last 13 years of his life in hospital), and his total social withdrawal (to the extent that he would throw his own money onto the ground for no apparent reason - he was totally enveloped in his world of numbers). It's got something to do with some Goldbach person. I have no idea who Goldbach actually is, but the Chinese have apparently some mania about him. Dr. Chen was given a national funeral when he finally died, leaving a wife who was 20 years younger and a son who was 50 years younger than him. The (1+2) theorem was renamed Chen's theorem. But what is the 1+1 theorem? And has there been any progress in its proof?
Date: 8/7/96 at 7:55:7 From: Doctor Anthony Subject: Re: 1+1 Theorem I am not able to answer your question about the 1+1 theorem; however, Goldbach's conjecture is that every even number greater than 2 is the sum of two primes, e.g. 4 = 2+2, 6 = 3+3, 8=3+5 etc, etc. -Doctor Anthony, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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