# Latest Conjectures Stories

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Looking for a way to make $1 million? All you need to do is solve a math equation that has been boggling the minds of the world´s greatest mathematicians for over 20 years. Beal´s Conjecture, represented by A^x + B^y = C^z, is named after Andrew Beal, the same man who is offering up the seven-figure reward for anyone who can prove that when A, B and C are positive integers, and x, y and z are positive integers greater than 2...

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The first results from an initiative of Harvard University's Division of Social Science to identify the world's hardest unsolved problems in economics, psychology, government, sociology, and other social sciences were announced today. "The social sciences have never had more vitality than today, and answering their unsolved questions has never been more important," said Stephen Kosslyn, Social Science Dean at Harvard. During a daylong symposium...

New tool for research mathematics on the 150th anniversary of the Riemann Hypothesis. Mathematics is driven by the quest to solve problems and today the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) announces a new tool to help attack those questions. Research problems can take decades or centuries to answer, with partial solutions spawning new problems along the way. Keeping track of all the problems is difficult, even for experts. Sometimes the solution needs an idea from another field, and it...

By Castelvecchi, Davide Numbers Electron energy levels linked to Riemann hypothesis If two physicists are right, a single electron might know more about numbers than all of the world's mathematicians. In an upcoming Physical Review Letters, the researchers hint that the dynamics of an electron can embody the solution to the nearly 150-year-old Riemann hypothesis, a crucial unsolved problem that has wide and deep consequences for number theory. German Sierra of the Spanish National...

A new mathematical object was revealed yesterday during a lecture at the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM). Two researchers from the University of Bristol exhibited the first example of a third degree transcendental L-function. These L-functions encode deep underlying connections between many different areas of mathematics.The news caused excitement at the AIM workshop attended by 25 of the world's leading analytic number theorists. The work is a joint project between Ce Bian and his...

MADRID, Spain (AP) - The Poincare conjecture involves topology, a branch of math that studies shapes. It essentially says that in three dimensions you cannot transform a doughnut shape into a sphere without ripping it, although any shape without a hole can be stretched or shrunk into a sphere. There is a catch: the space has to be finite. Imagine an ant crawling on an apple in a straight line. It can only walk so far before it's back where it started. Even though the apple has three...

By Ben Harding MADRID (Reuters) - The maths world's biggest celebrity shunned its most prestigious prize on Tuesday, apparently bitter at his perceived mistreatment by fellow intellectuals. Russian Grigory Perelman remained in his St. Petersburg flat while the greatest maths minds met in Madrid for the International Mathematical Union's four-yearly congress. The 40-year-old recluse had been due to receive a Fields Medal, known as the "Nobel Prize" of maths, after solving the...

By Ben Harding MADRID (Reuters) - The maths world's biggest celebrity shunned its most prestigious prize on Tuesday, apparently bitter at his perceived mistreatment by fellow intellectuals. Russian Grigory Perelman remained in his St Petersburg flat while the greatest maths minds met in Madrid for the International Mathematical Union's four-yearly congress. The 40-year-old recluse had been due to receive a Fields Medal, known as the "Nobel Prize" of maths, after solving the Poincare...

By Ben Harding MADRID (Reuters) - The maths world's biggest celebrity shunned its most prestigious prize on Tuesday, apparently bitter at his perceived mistreatment by fellow intellectuals. Russian Grigory Perelman remained in his St. Petersburg flat while the greatest maths minds met in Madrid for the International Mathematical Union's four-yearly congress. The 40-year-old recluse had been due to receive a Fields Medal, known as the "Nobel Prize" of maths, after solving the Poincare...

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