An ABC proof too tough even for mathematicians
In Kyoto, a solitary thinker unveils a solution that’s either a dizzying advance — or a blind alley.
After many years of solitary work, a respected mathematician in Tokyo claims to have found a proof of one of math’s trickiest problems, the ABC conjecture--via completely new lines of mathematical thinking. What happens when the tools needed to understand a proof are unknown even to experts? Mathematics wrestles with what may be a major new insight--or a blind alley.