Murder Convict's Love for Math Lead to Discoveries in Number Theory

published 19.05.2020 14:19

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Umberto Cerruti, a number theorist who was a professor of mathematics at the University of Torino, Italy, agreed to help Havens and sent him a problem to solve.

It happened that Cerruti's father was the number theorist Havens needed to learn mathematics.

Havens developed a connection and love for mathematics while prisoned in solitary confinement after his incarceration, and now, he is the first author of a paper that shows regularities in the approximation of a vast class of numbers for the first time.

A first-time academic author's new mathematical study was published in the journal Research in Number Theory in January 2020, which happened to be written by Christopher Havens, who is serving a 25-year sentence since 2011 in the Washington Department of Correction after being convicted with murder.