Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Million-Dollar Assault on Goldbach". Random Samples, Science, 31 March 2000, page 2405.

This short piece reports on a US$1 million prize offered for a proof of Goldbach's conjecture, which asserts that every even number greater than 2 is the sum of two prime numbers. The prize is offered by the publisher of the novel Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture, which features a character who spends his life trying to prove the conjecture.

--- Allyn Jackson