Counting from Infinity on Public Television!
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is pleased to announce that

Yitang Zhang and the Twin Prime Conjecture

airs on public television stations
beginning in April 2017. 

The film appears on public television stations via
American Public Television (APT) beginning April 2, 2017. It will air on more than 100 stations on their World channels on May 25 and 26. 

Check local listings and the Counting From Infinity Airdates page for
frequent updates. 



A breakthrough of such importance by an unknown mathematician, 
working alone, cannot happen. In 2013, it did!

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Yitang Zhang and the Twin Prime Conjecture


“A rich, funny, and intimate portrayal of Zhang’s life and work … the film is straight-up inspiring.”
– J. Batson, Joint Mathematics Meetings blog

    In April 2013, a lecturer at the University of New Hampshire submitted a paper to the Annals of Mathematics. Within weeks word spread -- a little-known mathematician, with no permanent job, working in complete isolation had made an important breakthrough towards solving the Twin Prime Conjecture. Yitang Zhang's techniques for bounding the gaps between primes soon led to rapid progress by the Polymath Group, and a further innovation by James Maynard. The film is a study of Zhang's rise from obscurity and a disadvantaged youth to mathematical celebrity.

    The story of quiet perseverance amidst adversity, and Zhang's preference for thinking and working in solitude, is interwoven with a history of the Twin Prime Conjecture as told by several mathematicians, many of whom have wrestled with this enormously challenging problem in Number Theory -- Daniel Goldston, Kannan Soundararajan, Andrew Granville, Peter Sarnak, Enrico Bombieri, James Maynard, Nicholas Katz, David Eisenbud, Ken Ribet, and Terry Tao.

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Funding for Counting From Infinity was provided by the Simons Foundation.


Funding for the broadcast version of Counting from Infinity was provided by the National Science Foundation. 

A production of Zala Films in collaboration with MSRI. 

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George Paul Csicsery

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