[RC5] Beal's Problem A DN challenge?
Ryan Malayter
rmalayter at bai.org
Mon Jul 5 16:21:24 EDT 1999
It is a generalization of Fermat's last theorem, and has not been proven.
I agree with David: A distributed computing system, even if it could compute
million digit numbers and find no solution Beal equation, would still not
*prove* that there was no solution to the equation... there are still larger
numbers that could make the equation true.
-----Original Message-----
From: Keith McLaurin [mailto:skmac at ix.netcom.com]
Sent: Sunday, July 04, 1999 2:30 AM
To: rc5 at lists.distributed.net
Subject: Re: [RC5] Beal's Problem A DN challenge?
I believe this is Fermat's Last Theorm...
I thought it had recently been solved.
David Cantrell wrote:
>
> Mike Burgess said:
>
> > I don't know if this would be suitable for Distributed.Net, but it looks
> > interesting: http://www.maa.org/devlin/devlin_12_97.html Beal's Problem
xm
> > + yn = zr (The 2nd letter should be in SuperScript, as an exponent.)
> > "This year, Beal's prize stands at $5,000. Thereafter, it will increase
> > by
> > $5,000
> > each year for every year the problem remains unsolved, up to a limit of
> > $50,000,
> > the same amount as the Wolfskehl Prize when it was finally awarded."
>
> It does indeed look interesting. However, d.net can't prove Beal's
> conjecture true, we can only prove it false by trying lots of different
> numbers. This sort of open-ended problem is, I think, far less likely
> to attract new recruits than something thoroughly useful like OGR.
>
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