Monochromatic Sums and Products

2 February 2016
Ben Green

Fix some positive integer r. A famous theorem of Schur states that if you partition Z/pZ into r colour classes then, provided p > p_0(r) is sufficiently large, there is a monochromatic triple {x, y, x + y}. By essentially the same argument there is also a monochromatic triple {x', y', x'y'}. Recently, Tom Sanders and I showed that in fact there is a
monochromatic quadruple {x, y, x+y, xy}. I will discuss some aspects of the proof.

  • Combinatorial Theory Seminar