More related links if anyone is interested: http://mathoverflow.net/questions/1...ochizuki-pursued-when-trying-to-prove-the-abc
That's a great MO thread. It's amazing what the pros do.
What tiny little I gather is that Mochizuki has been working for years on some kind of new "next level up" kind of abstraction that nobody understands. And people know he's not a crank because he has been producing important results as he goes. But now that he's announced a solution to this really important problem, the rest of the number theorists have to not only read his 500 page paper; but they also have to come up to speed on the strange and revolutionary math he's been creating over the past decade.
That sounds really wild to me.
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