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Once again, the maths world is celebrating a triumph regarding prime numbers. Earlier this year we reported on a new result by mathematician Yitang Zhang. His proof showed that there were infinitely many pairs of primes within 70 million of each other. Several mathematicians took Yitang’s work and refined the range from 70 million down to 4680. Now James Maynard has written a proof bringing the range down to 600, and has also investigated triplets and larger collections of primes. But why are mathematicians so interested in prime numbers?

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