It’s not as easy as abc: What happens now a controversial proof has been published?

Early last month Shinichi Mochizuki’s proof of a famous conjecture in number theory known as the abc conjecture appeared in Publications of the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences (PRIMS).  While the publication of the first proof of an important theorem is usually cause for celebration, the publication of Mochizuki’s proof has caused controversy because mathematicians … Continue reading It’s not as easy as abc: What happens now a controversial proof has been published?