[RC5] new challenge?

Lionel Elie Mamane Lionel_Mamane at csi.com
Sun Jul 4 22:58:18 EDT 1999


Hello,

Mike Burgess wrote:

> Saw this WWW page.  I don't now if this is a problem that D.net can brute
> force or not?
>   http://www.maa.org/devlin/devlin_12_97.html

If Beal's right, (no solution such that ...), than we can NOT brute-force it.
Even if we ran exhaustive tests up to 10^999999999999999999999999, we will not
have proved that there isn't a solution with 10^999999999999999999999999+1. But
if he's wrong, we might run into a solution (if the integers are not TOO big).

As we don't know if he's right or wrong... We don't know a definite answer to
your question!

--
Lionel Mamane

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