Unsolved Problems in Intuitive Mathematics

Unsolved Problems in Number Theory

Authors: Guy, Richard

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To many laymen, mathematicians appear to be problem solvers, people who do "hard sums". Even inside the profession we dassify ouselves as either theorists or problem solvers. Mathematics is kept alive, much more than by the activities of either dass, by the appearance of a succession of unsolved problems, both from within mathematics itself and from the increasing number of disciplines where it is applied. Mathematics often owes more to those who ask questions than to those who answer them. The solution of a problem may stifte interest in the area around it. But "Fermat 's Last Theorem", because it is not yet a theorem, has generated a great deal of "good" mathematics, whether goodness is judged by beauty, by depth or by applicability. To pose good unsolved problems is a difficult art. The balance between triviality and hopeless unsolvability is delicate. There are many simply stated problems which experts tell us are unlikely to be solved in the next generation. But we have seen the Four Color Conjecture settled, even if we don't live long enough to learn the status of the Riemann and Goldbach hypotheses, of twin primes or Mersenne primes, or of odd perfect numbers. On the other hand, "unsolved" problems may not be unsolved at all, or than was at first thought.

Reviews

From the reviews of the third edition:

"This is the third edition of Richard Guy’s well-known problem book on number theory … . The earlier editions have served well in providing beginners as well as seasoned researchers in number theory with a good supply of problems. … many of the problems from earlier editions have been expanded with more up-to-date comments and remarks. … There is little doubt that a new generation of talented young mathematicians will make very good use of this book … ." (P. Shiu, The Mathematical Gazette, Vol. 89 (516), 2005)

"The earlier editions of this book are among the most-opened books on the shelves of many practicing number theorists. The descriptions of state-of-the-art results on every topic and the extensive bibliographies in each section provide valuable ports of entry to the vast literature. A new and promising addition to this third edition is the inclusion of frequent references to entries in the Online encyclopedia of integer sequences at the end of each topic." (Greg Martin, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2005 h)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Unsolved Problems in Number Theory
Authors
Series Title
Unsolved Problems in Intuitive Mathematics
Series Volume
1
Copyright
1994
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-3585-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-3585-4
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XVI, 287
Topics