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Decade-long struggle over maths proof could be decided by $1m prize

Mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki's Inter-universal Teichmüller theory has attracted controversy since it was published in 2012, with no one able to agree whether it is true. Now, a $1 million prize is being launched to settle the matter

By Matthew Sparkes

11 July 2023

The Inter-Universal Geometry Center (IUGC) is overseeing the prize

Zen University

A prize of $1 million is being offered to anyone who can either prove or disprove an impenetrable mathematical theory, the veracity of which has been debated for over a decade.

Inter-universal Teichmüller theory (IUT) was created by Shinichi Mochizuki at Kyoto University, Japan, in a bid to solve a long-standing problem called the ABC conjecture, which focuses on the simple equation a + b = c. It suggests that if a and b are made up of large powers of …

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