A new discovery about prime numbers and what it means for the future of math


Physicist Ed Copeland explains Yitang Zhang’s finding on bounded gaps between prime numbers.

Yitang “Tom” Zhang, a popular math professor at the University of New Hampshire, stunned the world of pure mathematics this month when he announced that he had proven the “bounded gaps” conjecture about the distribution of prime numbers. This is a crucial milestone on the way to the even more elusive twin primes conjecture, and a major achievement in itself.