Jean-Louis Nicolas is a French number theorist.
He is the namesake (with Paul Erdős) of the Erdős–Nicolas numbers, and was a frequent co-author of Erdős, who would take over the desk of Nicolas' wife Anne-Marie (also a mathematician) whenever he would visit. Nicolas is also known for his research on partitions, and for his unusual proof that there exist infinitely many n for which
where is Euler's totient function and γ is Euler's constant: he proved this bound unconditionally by providing two different proofs, one in the case that the Riemann hypothesis holds and another in the case that it fails.
A conference in honor of Nicolas' 60th birthday was held on January 14–19, 2002 at the Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques in Marseille. The proceedings of the conference were published as a festschrift in The Ramanujan Journal.
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