Maynard suspected that it might be possible to make progress on understanding prime gaps using a decade-old method for filtering primes: “I kept on getting these sort of small signals that there was something there to be understood and discovered. ... I really wanted to keep on going until I could come up with a way of explaining what I’d seen.”
He came up with a completely independent and powerful approach to understanding small gaps between primes that applies not just to pairs of primes, but to triples, quadruples, and bigger collections. Maynard was a Member in the School of Mathematics in 2017.
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