I recently saw a tweet saying most lay people have zero understanding of what high level mathematicians actually do, and would love to break ground on this one before I die. Without having to get a math PhD.

They work on problems no one has solved yet. For example prime numbers are very important to us, in fact your bank probably uses prime numbers to verify your identity, but we still don’t know whether there are infinitely many primes that are exactly 2 apart, such as 3 and 5, or 17 and 19.

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