20121229, 14:38  #1 
Dec 2012
The Netherlands
2^{5}×3^{2}×5 Posts 
Mersenne primes and class field theory
Bas Jansen's PhD thesis has just been published and is available here:
http://www.math.leidenuniv.nl/scripties/PhDJansen.pdf Note: although it begins with a summary in Dutch (and ends with a Dutch CV), the main abstract and body are in English. Among the main results are a generalization of the 1996 conjecture of George Woltman (proved in 2000 by GebreEgziabher). 
20121229, 15:21  #2  
Bamboozled!
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May 2003
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I took the liberty of moving your post out of the Misc Math. area. As you are new here I guess you didn't realise that "Misc. Math." is a local euphemism for "garbage posted by cranks" and your posting is very much not in that category. Paul 

20170401, 09:46  #3 
Nov 2016
23 Posts 
Proposition 8 in the summary of Bas Jansen's paper features a triangle constructed inside another triangle. The summary is in Dutch but this seems to be saying that the outer triangle has twice the area of the inner.
Having gone through the rest of the paper I can't work out what this triangle has to do with Mersenne numbers or the Lucas Lehmer test. Can someone help elaborate on the connection here please? I've attached a clipping of the proposition. 
20170401, 12:09  #4  
Dec 2012
The Netherlands
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They must demonstate not just depth but also breadth of original thinking. As such, several will have no connection to the main subject of research, and some may even be whimsical (though the PhD candidate must still be able to defend them). 

20170401, 16:26  #5 
Nov 2016
23 Posts 
Interesting! Thank you for the info Nick, I couldn't work out why there were no other apparent references to it.
"These are being accompanied by propositions ('stellingen'). Such propositions (which have survived in Dutch universities to this day) are a set of statements of a scientific nature, the first few of which may be related to the subject of the thesis itself and the rest is usually of a more general nature. The candidate should be prepared to defend these at the promotion ceremony. In the days of the Kapteyn brothers it was also possible to obtain a doctor's degree solely on presenting and defending a set of propositions" 
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