This Man Is About to Blow Up Mathematics

Harvey Friedman is about to bring incompleteness and infinity out of quarantine

By Jordana Cepelewicz

I t is 7 o’clock in the morning and Harvey Friedman has just sent an email to an unspecified number of recipients with the subject line “stop what you are doing.” It features a YouTube link to a live 1951 broadcast of a concert by the famous Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz. “There is a pattern on YouTube of priceless gems getting taken down by copyright claims,” Friedman writes…