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#1 RavenStorm

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 09:35 AM

I saw this while reading news and thought this would be a good place to share it. Apparently a billionaire is offering one million dollars to anyone who can prove the Beal Conjecture (A^x + B^y = C^z).

 

Story here: http://www.ksdk.com/...r-math-equation

 

 

 


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Posted 08 June 2013 - 02:03 PM

lol nice amount of prize money. However I'm not very good at maths and I have no idea what that equation means :P


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:43 AM

As a mathematician, I can say that if it's true, proving it will be an absolute beast. If false, we can just throw computing power at it and wait a while :)


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 01:42 PM

Maths is not something I enjoy. Can anyone tell me how an equation like that would be considered proved?


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:40 AM

If you remember your high school geometry class at all, think of something like that, only a bazillion times more complicated. A typical high school geometry class proof requires only a few lines of text and a couple diagrams to work out. I did a geometry proof for my own amusement a few years back that took a total of 200 pages of text, calculations, and diagrams to prove. What I did would be considered "short" by comparison to what that thing will take.


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 09:26 AM

I don't think I ever took a geometry class :laugh: I stopped taking maths as soon as I could, because I didn't understand it.


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 10:45 AM

That's amazing.  I thing 99.9% of all programmers are above average at math.


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 12:26 PM

I know some very good programmers who hate any math above algebra I. It all depends on what you're doing.


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:21 AM

That's amazing.  I thing 99.9% of all programmers are above average at math.

 

s/b think  :love:


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