In mathematics, the Kummer–Vandiver conjecture, or Vandiver conjecture, states that a prime p does not divide the class number hK of the maximal real subfield of the p-th cyclotomic field. The conjecture was first made by Ernst Kummer in 1849 December 28 and 1853 April 24 in letters to Leopold Kronecker, reprinted in (Kummer 1975, pages 84, 93, 123–124), and independently rediscovered around 1920 by Philipp Furtwängler and Harry Vandiver (1946, p. 576),
As of 2011, there is no particularly strong evidence either for or against the conjecture and it is unclear whether it is true or false, though it is likely that counterexamples are very rare.
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... Kurihara (1992) showed that the conjecture is equivalent to a statement in the algebraic K-theory of the integers, namely that Kn(Z) = 0 whenever n is a multiple of 4 ... In fact from the Kummer–Vandiver conjecture and the norm residue isomorphism theorem follow a full conjectural calculation of the K-groups for all values of n see Quillen–Lichtenbaum conjecture for ...
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