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2019-04-15, 16:38   #34
retina
Undefined

"The unspeakable one"
Jun 2006
My evil lair

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 Originally Posted by MathDoggy What do I have to fix, retina
Everything.

 2019-04-15, 16:41 #35 MathDoggy   Mar 2019 3716 Posts Ok. Lol Last fiddled with by MathDoggy on 2019-04-15 at 16:41
2019-04-15, 16:52   #36
ATH
Einyen

Dec 2003
Denmark

2,969 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by MathDoggy Should I quit to try to fix the proof? It is because nothing is working
What do you think the chances are that these simple arguments will prove the twin prime conjecture, while no mathematicians have found this simple proof in the last several hundreds of years?

2019-04-15, 22:02   #37
chalsall
If I May

"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002
Barbados

2·4,643 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by ATH What do you think the chances are that these simple arguments will prove the twin prime conjecture, while no mathematicians have found this simple proof in the last several hundreds of years?
Two economists are walking down the street...

One says to the other: "Was that a hundred dollar bill just lying there on the street?

"Of course not," says the other economist, "or someone would have already picked it up...

2019-04-15, 23:42   #38
wblipp

"William"
May 2003
New Haven

22·32·5·13 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by wblipp Ooops. This means at least one prime (p) exists beyond those in the list. But why must it be a twin prime?
Quote:
 Originally Posted by MathDoggy There is no such implication
Quote:
 Originally Posted by MathDoggy Should I quit to try to fix the proof? It is because nothing is working
Now would be a good time to step back and try to understand why nothing is working. You have successfully shown "there must be at least one prime outside of previous consideration" several times. But the thing you trying to prove requires showing that "there are two primes outside of previous consideration" and also "these two primes are very close together." You can adapt your methods to prove there are two primes, but nothing in your methods says anything about how close together they are.

This is a valid learning method - try to do something, see what's wrong, try to fix it, repeat. You need to get better at seeing what's wrong yourself.

If you were hoping to learn why the twin prime conjecture is hard, you are probably done or nearly so. At least until you learn some tools about closeness of primes.

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