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The primes contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions
 Ann. of Math
"... Abstract. We prove that there are arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions of primes. ..."
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Abstract. We prove that there are arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions of primes.
The dichotomy between structure and randomness, arithmetic progressions, and the primes
"... Abstract. A famous theorem of Szemerédi asserts that all subsets of the integers with positive upper density will contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. There are many different proofs of this deep theorem, but they are all based on a fundamental dichotomy between structure and randomness ..."
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Abstract. A famous theorem of Szemerédi asserts that all subsets of the integers with positive upper density will contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. There are many different proofs of this deep theorem, but they are all based on a fundamental dichotomy between structure and randomness, which in turn leads (roughly speaking) to a decomposition of any object into a structured (lowcomplexity) component and a random (discorrelated) component. Important examples of these types of decompositions include the Furstenberg structure theorem and the Szemerédi regularity lemma. One recent application of this dichotomy is the result of Green and Tao establishing that the prime numbers contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions (despite having density zero in the integers). The power of this dichotomy is evidenced by the fact that the GreenTao theorem requires surprisingly little technology from analytic number theory, relying instead almost exclusively on manifestations of this dichotomy such as Szemerédi’s theorem. In this paper we survey various manifestations of this dichotomy in combinatorics, harmonic analysis, ergodic theory, and number theory. As we hope to emphasize here, the underlying themes in these arguments are remarkably similar even though the contexts are radically different. 1.
The ergodic and combinatorial approaches to Szemerédi’s theorem
, 2006
"... Abstract. A famous theorem of Szemerédi asserts that any set of integers of positive upper density will contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. In its full generality, we know of four types of arguments that can prove this theorem: the original combinatorial (and graphtheoretical) approac ..."
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Abstract. A famous theorem of Szemerédi asserts that any set of integers of positive upper density will contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. In its full generality, we know of four types of arguments that can prove this theorem: the original combinatorial (and graphtheoretical) approach of Szemerédi, the ergodic theory approach of Furstenberg, the Fourieranalytic approach of Gowers, and the hypergraph approach of NagleRödlSchachtSkokan and Gowers. In this lecture series we introduce the first, second and fourth approaches, though we will not delve into the full details of any of them. One of the themes of these lectures is the strong similarity of ideas between these approaches, despite the fact that they initially seem rather different. 1.
Obstructions to uniformity, and arithmetic patterns in the primes
, 2005
"... In this expository article, we describe the recent approach, motivated by ergodic theory, towards detecting arithmetic patterns in the primes, and in particular establishing in [26] that the primes contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. One of the driving philosophies is to identify prec ..."
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In this expository article, we describe the recent approach, motivated by ergodic theory, towards detecting arithmetic patterns in the primes, and in particular establishing in [26] that the primes contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. One of the driving philosophies is to identify precisely what the obstructions could be that prevent the primes (or any other set) from behaving “randomly”, and then either show that the obstructions do not actually occur, or else convert the obstructions into usable structural information on the primes.
Arithmetic progressions and the primes  El Escorial lectures
 Collectanea Mathematica (2006), Vol. Extra., 3788 (Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Harmonic Analysis and Partial Differential Equations, El Escorial
"... Abstract. We describe some of the machinery behind recent progress in establishing infinitely many arithmetic progressions of length k in various sets of integers, in particular in arbitrary dense subsets of the integers, and in the primes. 1. ..."
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Abstract. We describe some of the machinery behind recent progress in establishing infinitely many arithmetic progressions of length k in various sets of integers, in particular in arbitrary dense subsets of the integers, and in the primes. 1.