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World’s most complex math theory cracked

A Japanese mathematician may have finally cracked ‘the abc conjecture’ – one of the world’s most complex mathematical theories.

Shinichi Mochizuki, a scholar at Kyoto University, has released four papers on the internet describing his proof of what is known as ‘abc conjecture’.

Experts said he took four years to calculate the theory and if confirmed it would be one of the greatest mathematical achievements of this century, The Telegraph reported.

Confirming the breakthrough, however, may take many more year as Mochizuki has created an entirely new mathematical language to explain the steps that he took - and others in the field will have to learn to read it first.

The abc conjecture was first proposed by British mathematician David Masser, working with France’s Joseph Oesterle, in 1985.

It was, however, never proven. It refers to equations of the form a+b=c. It involves the concept of a square-free number, meaning a number that cannot be divided by the square of any number.


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