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Prof. Shinichi Mochizuki

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Mathematician

Local Address: Japan
Company Description: Founded in 1897 as the second university to be established in Japan, Kyoto University advances higher education and cutting-edge academic research while fostering a...   more
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  • BS , mathematics
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Six months after Shinichi ...
www.sciencenews.org, 25 Mar 2013 [cached]
Six months after Shinichi Mochizuki of Kyoto University in Japan released his 500-page proof of the abc conjecture, that vetting process has yet to occur.
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But this time, no one except Mochizuki seems to have any glimmering of how his proof works. It is so peculiar that mathematicians might have dismissed it as the work of a crank, except that Mochizuki is known as a deep thinker with a record of strong results.
Also, they really hope he is right.
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In August, when Mochizuki released the four papers explaining his proof, a number of mathematicians dove into them eagerly. But they couldn't even understand his vocabulary. Mochizuki had built an entirely new mathematical field, one he named "inter-universal Teichmüller geometry," and populated it with objects no one had ever heard of: "anabelioids," "Frobenoids," "NF-Hodge theaters.
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Mathematicians began clamoring for Mochizuki to explain the kernel of his ideas, but he refused.
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I suspect that this is the psychology of the situation for Mochizuki. He said what he wanted to say in the paper."
Mochizuki has, however, been happy to answer specific questions by e-mail. And recently he released a "panoramic overview," though many mathematicians find it nearly as impenetrable as the full proof.
Rumors circulated that some of the leading figures in the field had become skeptical of the proof. Out of respect for Mochizuki - and hope that his proof will, in the end, turn out to be right - an effort was made to keep these rumors from circulating on the Internet, and no mathematician would go on the record expressing them. Still, the rumors have further dampened enthusiasm for the hard work of slogging through the four papers.
Hope rests on a couple of Japanese mathematicians believed to be talking through the proof with Mochizuki, but they are unwilling to talk to the press.
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"What we need is for this stuff to exist in someone else's brain besides [Mochizuki's].
Shinichi Mochizuki, a ...
www.macaunews.net, 18 Sept 2012 [cached]
Shinichi Mochizuki, a mathematician at Kyoto University, has released four papers on the internet ...
Kyoto University mathematician ...
goldsea.com, 18 Sept 2012 [cached]
Kyoto University mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki has published a lengthy proof that may put to rest what many consider the most important unresolved problem in modern mathematics.
Mochizuki's 500-page proof, first published on the internet in August, claims to provide proof for the abc conjecture in number theory.
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Mochizuki, 43, calls the theory on which his proof is based the "inter-universal Teichmüller theory".
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"Professor Mochizuki is an able mathematician and there is a great possibility of him having proved the abc conjecture this time," said University of Tokyo professor Yujiro Kawamata.
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"He spent at least 10 years in writing the thesis with uninterrupted focus throughout on it," said a researcher acquainted with Mochizuki.
Shinichi Mochizuki was born in Tokyo in 1969.
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At the age of 16 Shinichi began studying at Princeton. At the age of 19 he graduated with a BS in mathematics. He was 23 when he began teaching as an assistant professor at Kyoto University in 1992. At that time he wasn't yet fluent in Japanese, having spent most of his life in the US.
Mochizuki became a full professor at the age of 32. Since then he has become recognized as an important thinker in number theories. In 2005 he was honored by Japan Academy as one of the most important young scholars aged 45 and under.
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Kyoto University professor Shinichi Mochizuki may have solved the greatest remaining problem of modern mathematics.
From the New York Times, an ...
www.vdare.com, 18 Sept 2012 [cached]
From the New York Times, an article about Shinichi Mochizuki, a math professor at Kyoto U., who three weeks ago uploaded 500 pages of papers to the Internet in which he claims to not only prove a conjecture that has been around for decades, but to do it, he uses a whole bunch of new math that he made up.
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For Dr. Mochizuki's abc conjecture proof, "that seems to be completely missing, and I've never seen that in my life," Dr. Katz said.
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While they cannot yet make heads or tails of it, many are nonetheless taking it seriously, because Dr. Mochizuki already has a number of significant proofs to his credit.
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When I hear about breakthroughs like Wiles's or Perelman's and maybe Mochizuki's, I get this feeling of pride (granted, it's wholly unearned) that -- even though I have no idea whatsoever what they've done -- I, as a member of the human race, am distantly related to these guys.
Cracking the Prime Number Code - DBRL Next
next.dbrl.org, 19 Sept 2012 [cached]
There's been a great deal of excitement in the math world recently, as Shinichi Mochizuki, a mathematician at Kyoto University in Japan, has recently released a 500-page proof of the abc conjecture, which proposes a relationship between prime numbers (numbers that are only divisible by themselves and 1).
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