Talk:Ernst Kummer

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Hi,

I apologize for my comment referring to the section I removed as vandalism (the proof of the infinitude of primes). It seems the proof comes from Ribenboim's new book on prime number records. I am still convinced however that such a triviality should not appear so prominently in the article on a great mathematician as Kummer. It is merely a curiosity, not relating to any of Kummer's actual achievements. I've now reverted the removal. I maintain that it doesn't belong on this page, but I guess the authors of this article should have a say in it. I suggest to replace the section with a link to http://primes.utm.edu/notes/proofs/infinite/kummers.html

I was just about to come to this page to post a question why this proof is here when I saw someone already had. It is not exactly a triviality, but is virtually identical to Euclid's famous and much older proof of the same thing, except for the replacement of n + 1 by n - 1. It's not clear what to do with it; if it's in Ribbenboim's book then it's (sadly) now notable, but on the other hand, it really isn't. Ryan Reich 21:34, 16 June 2006 (UTC)

Box

In the box on the right, only Bessel functions are mentioned. Actually, Kummer made many other contributions. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 81.147.112.221 (talk) 11:06, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

They are now mentioned in the box, vaguely.