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From: StoneOx17@aol.com
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 03:44:49 EST
Subject: Re: (urth) apologies

There's been a question that has, for some time, been circulating 
among mathematicians (and now I, like Jerry, have revealed my 
profession).  Suppose you could learn the proof of the Riemann 
hypothesis (it used to be Fermat's Last Theorem), but had to 
swear never to reveal it to anybody else the rest of  your life.  
Would you agree?   I suspect Marc now understands this 
dilemma quite well.

And guys, we're being too hard on Marc.  I don't think he meant 
to tantalize us and drive us crazy with frustration.  I think that 
after receiving the note, he was so excited he had to say 
something, and he didn't think very carefully about how it would
go over on this list.  And Marc -- I hope you can get permission
from Wolfe to tell us about it eventually (although it'll be really
interesting to see how close we can come if he asks you to 
keep it quiet for some time first).

-- Stone Ox


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