## Some Difficult Math Problems That You Understand

What the heck, it’s Friday, I might as well put up a little fun thing here. Over on the Maths In A Minute blog is a quartet of mathematics problems which anyone can understand on their first reading of them, but which are unsolved and which have been sitting there unsolved for generations.

There’s, realistically, no chance that you personally are going to solve them. While probably everyone has some mathematical talent, and anyone with the ability to reason is at least in principle endowed with the relevant tools, it’s not likely that you’ll find a path to solving them that hasn’t been tried and that’s failed before. But that doesn’t mean they’re not worth looking at and thinking about because you can nevertheless discover things you didn’t know before, and notice stuff about mathematics that you hadn’t realized. Even if your discovery only delights yourself, it’s still a delight to you.

(I didn’t run across this page myself, though could have; the Algebra Fact of the Day brought me to it.)

## Chiaroscuro 4:41 pm

onFriday, 6 September, 2013 Permalink |Hmm. I thought they solved the Weak Goldbach Conjecture, with that “It’s true for sure beyond this limit, and we’ve tested everything below that limit now that we have computers” method so popular nowadays.

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## Joseph Nebus 4:48 pm

onFriday, 6 September, 2013 Permalink |It is

thoughtthat the Weak Goldbach Conjecture has been solved, although as far as I’m aware it’s still being reviewed and examined for correctness. That provisional proof is of just the form you remembered, one where everything above some limit is known to be true and everything below that limit was just tested.LikeLike

## September 2013′s Statistics | nebusresearch 12:25 am

onTuesday, 1 October, 2013 Permalink |[…] Some Difficult Math Problems That You Understand, which is again pointing to another blog — here, Maths In A Minute — with a couple of mathematics problems that pretty much anyone can understand on their first reading. The problems are hard ones, each of which has challenged the mathematical community for generations, so you aren’t going to solve them; but, thinking about them and trying to solve them is probably a great exercise and likely to lead you to discovering something you didn’t know. […]

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