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Twin Prime Conjecture

New insight into a 2,300-year-old mystery surrounding prime numbers inspires a song.
Publish Date: Topic: Physics + MathPhysics & MathBrand: NOVA ScienceNOWNOVA ScienceNOW

(This video is no longer available for streaming.) Prime numbers—those that can only be divided by themselves and one—bear a mystery. Why do primes tend to pair up? Five and seven, for example, are prime, as are 41 and 43, and 101 and 103. For millennia, mathematicians have wondered: Does this continue no matter how high one counts? As this video and its original song reveal, a mathematician has just given us an answer to this age-old enigma.

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