How To Develop Theory? Hang Out in the Backyard??

A very cool story here about an unheralded lecturer in math who in isolation from the big names in his field (and who even had to work at a Subway at one point) comes up with a huge advance in solving a famous and very vexing problem in numbers theory.  How did he come up with the solution to the challenge that had really worn on … Continue reading How To Develop Theory? Hang Out in the Backyard??