MATH: Goldbach Conjecture

Anders Sandberg (
Thu, 2 Jan 1997 23:01:46 +0100 (MET)

On Thu, 2 Jan 1997, Michael Lorrey wrote:

> Whats the Goldbach Conjecture?

That all even numbers larger than 2 can be written as the sum of two
prime numbers.

It is still unproved after around 300 years. Probably the second most famous
unsolved problem in number theory (assuming Wiles haven't fixed the bugs
in his proof of Fermat's conjecture yet). Both problems seem to depend on
the fact that the interaction between multiplication and addition
generates so much unpredictability.

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