I don't have any formal education in mathematics that the large part of mathematicians have but fortunately I have the ability to use intuition to obtain results in higher mathematics that many professional mathematicians find interesting.

So recently I happened to send this famous professor (whom I've been corresponding with for some time) one of my results and he responded by saying that "indeed he thinks the result is new"

So what's the next step? Should I try to get the result published?

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    Do you think that the rest of the message was encouraging? One can write "meh - this result is new, but I am not thrilled; probably it has very little use", or "this result is new; I find it very interesting, you should definitely try to publish it". Commented Aug 21, 2016 at 10:24
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    I am quite puzzled that you, after conversing with this "famous professor" about your research already, come to this forum to ask whether you should publish it rather than asking her/him. So much so, in fact, that I suspect that you are not telling us the full story here.
    – xLeitix
    Commented Aug 21, 2016 at 11:27
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    In addition to being able to give a more informed reading on whether to try to publish, the famous professor should be able to advise on a choice of journal. Commented Aug 21, 2016 at 12:11
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    The next step is to reply to the famous professor: "Thanks for your encouragement. What's the next step?"
    – JeffE
    Commented Aug 21, 2016 at 15:19
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    @Inquisitive Posting a Youtube video appears to me to be the least effective way possible to disseminate a new mathematical result. Widely worse than submitting a paper or posting to arXiv, likely even worse than posting it to Facebook or on LinkedIn, and on about the same level of effectiveness as shouting your proof from a barrel at your town square.
    – xLeitix
    Commented Aug 22, 2016 at 13:17

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Assuming the following premises are true:

  • The professor you state is well-known and established in his field
  • You have produced a tangible result in this field
  • The professor endorses your result to be new


Get the result published!

I do not see any reason for this not to be published. Better yet, contact the professor for further directions (see comments).

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