There are three main parts to a mathematical discovery,

1. The idea.

2. The proof strategy.

3. Denoting items 1 and 2 in a language by which can all negotiate the truth, mathematical discourse.

I say no item is no more important than another. So Dr. Shallit took the ethically right action. As for your result, the great Erdos said if a result is new and correct, publish it. In other words, don’t judge a result or compare it to another. Is the fundamental theorem of calculus really more important of a result than say 1+1=2?

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