Unsolved Problems in Number Theory
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.
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A5 Arithmetic progressions of primes 15 A6 Consecutive primes
A16 Gaussian primes EisensteinJacobi primes 33 A17 Formulas
B3 Unitary perfect numbers 53 B4 Amicable
of a q + orr a q+ r 69 B16 Powerful numbers
B23 Equal products of factorials 79 B24 The largest set with
B37 Does pn properly divide n 12 92 B38 Solutions
C3 Lucky numbers 108 C4 Ulam numbers 109 C5 Sums
D11 Egyptian fractions 158 D12 Markoff numbers 166 D13
differences are square 173 D19 Rational distances from the corners
E Sequences of Integers
E13 Partitioning into strongly sumfree classes 213 E14 Rados
E26 Epsteins PutorTakeaSquare game 226 E27 Max and
E33 Sequences containing no monotone A P s 233 E34 Happy
F12 How often are a number and its inverse of opposite parity?
F24 Squares with just two different decimal digits 262 F25
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