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12.30.2003

Korean media outlets claim P != NP has been solved 

I haven't been able to find a source, but my dad reads a whole bunch of Korean papers on the web and he mentioned reading something about it. There's some discussion about it over at sci.math.research. (There's been no mention of it in the English-language press, as far as I can tell.)

I haven't read the preprint very closely (Lie algebras are definitely not my area of expertise), though I hope to be able to look at it sometime soon. I do have to say that the circumstances surrounding the publication of the preprint do not inspire confidence. The authors published their preprint at a fairly obscure server (i.e., a server other than LANL), they've submitted the actual paper to a really obscure journal, and they haven't exposed their claim to the kind of scrutiny that a Millennium Prize Problem deserves. (These are the problems that are worth $1,000,000 each.) Compare this with the treatment of Grisha Perelman's alleged solution of the Thurston geometrization conjecture and the Poincare conjecture: Perelman has published a preprint at LANL and he's toured the world (stopping at Berkeley, Boston, Princeton, France, and other places) in order to explain his proof and subject it to peer review.

And if you have no idea what any of these terms mean, start here.

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