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    Lightbulb Prove math theorem become millionaire

    Who wants to be a millionaire ?

    The most famous conjecture, in mathematics, is Pierre De Fermat's :

    Xn+Yn=Zn

    It was solved by Andrew Wiles in the 90s

    It has no solutions with X,Y,Z and n positive whole numbers with n greater than 2.

    However, Fermat has another conjecture, widely thought to be false by many, that a banker in Dallas Texas named Andrew Beal will pay you a million dollars if you can prove this equation has no solutions for which p,q,and r are all greater than 3 and A,B,C and share no prime factor :

    Ap+Bq=Cr

    I think the theory is true, because perfect powers are probably random or are random.

    Mathematics is high art, like sculpture not music or paintings and logic is to math what structure is to sculpture.

    Solving this will take avante-garde math with novel approaches because we probably need to understand something new about numbers before we or I solve it.
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    These sorts of things are like never solved by non-mathematician outsiders because the masses do not do math like a mathematician. If you are not a mathematician and want at least a remote chance of solving it I recommend the book :

    Mathematics in 10 lessons : The Grand Tour by Jerry P. King

    Despite the title this is not a book about math you learned in elementary school.

    Mathematicians rarely write for outsiders so this is the only book I know that teaches the masses how to actually do math like a mathematician.

    You won't solve the conjecture with just that one book unless you are a super genius you will probably need other books but that one is indispensable unless you went to graduate school for math.

    Good luck ! A millionaire dollars is nothing to sneeze at.
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    Wow what a waste of time. You must really be poor as living near NYC having a million dollars is almost nothing. I already have million dollars in equity as I own a home in a NYC suburb. It would need to be a billion dollars for most people in NYC metro to blink an eye.

    Now in India, China and even rural PA or Iowa a million dollars is a lot of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thetick View Post
    Wow what a waste of time. You must really be poor as living near NYC having a million dollars is almost nothing. I already have million dollars in equity as I own a home in a NYC suburb. It would need to be a billion dollars for most people in NYC metro to blink an eye.

    Now in India, China and even rural PA or Iowa a million dollars is a lot of money.
    Stop trolling, people who want to solve the problem will do it just not for the money but to advance mankind, maybe get a Fields medal, they like a challenge and because they like math.

    I just posted that because I am interested in math. Only reason I mentioned the money was to help motivate people a bit more. I mean who can knock the green stuff ? An extra million is not a bad extra chunk of change to add to anyone's bank account, though, some more than others.

    That you think it is a waste of time to advance mathematics says you are stupid.
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    Grigori Perlman is among the greatest geometrists of our time. He won Field's medal - the highest award for a mathematician - for solving Poincaré conjecture. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poincar%C3%A9_conjecture

    Grigori was awarded a million dollar in prize for solving the conjecture. He refused to take $1mln saying he is not worthy. In refusing the award he was living with his Mum in a small apartment unable to invite mathematician guests to his apartment. He was a poor man.

    A handful mathematicians could follow the proof when the proof was presented : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grigor...llennium_Prize

    Terrence Tao is another greatest mathematician of our time, who is also Field's medal winner. Terrence presented Perlman's proof . But he struggled a little bit. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_Tao

    He's is an exercise for you. Find the problem in Terrence's proof of Perlman's proof of Poincaré conjecture https://arxiv.org/pdf/math/0610903.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePendragon View Post
    That you think it is a waste of time to advance mathematics says you are stupid.
    Math is not some holy shrine. It is a tool invented by engineers and scientists to explain our world. I had more "real" math in college with an Electrical Engineering degree then any math major. Seriously I knew math majors and they would spend 95% of their time proving theorems that have already been proven. Engineers and scientists on the other hand use many specialized mathematical models most of which math majors never learn as they are too busy proving what we already know.

    "Real" math is used to build safe bridges, explain magnetic/nuclear / quantum / chemical electrical/ gravitational etc...interactions basicly modeling and understanding real world phenomena. Proving some number theory bullshit already known is a waste of a very intelligent person. It is as useful in the real world as a humanities degree.
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