# The polymath blog

## February 7, 2016

### Explaining Polynomials Identities – Success!

Filed under: news — Gil Kalai @ 3:03 am

Dinesh Thakur                                                                David Speyer

A beautiful polymath proposal by Dinesh Thakur was posted  by Terry Tao on the this blog. The task was to explain some remarkable, numerically observed, identities involving the irreducible polynomials $P$ in the polynomial ring ${\bf F}_2[t]$ over the finite field of characteristic two. David Speyer managed to prove Thakur’s observed identities! Here is the draft of the paper. Congratulations to Dinesh and David!