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$1000 Cash Prize - Provide a Math Proof – Gump

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Bill Dembski is offering the first person who completely resolves the following conjecture a $1000 cash prize. He needs it to be a completely error-free proof and will use it in his own writings (of course, he'll give full credit to the mathematician who proves it).

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................................What is it?

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CoolJ

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quote:
Originally posted by Ereon:
................................What is it?


if he knew that he would have himself $1000 lol

I wouldn't even know how to begin ...but it's just enough to buy a ps3 and half a dozen or so games! but if you want the xbox360 and the nintendo wii too, you might want to get busy on one of these 7, there worth $1 million each:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Prize_Problems

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Good point..........

I think I'll leave this to the professional mathematicians though .

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lol... no kidding =D i wouldn't even know where to begin...

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It looks like a calculator barfed on a piece of paper.
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Holy...

crap.


I blelive that about sums it up...

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I figured it out a couple hours ago.. Not that hard. (But I did spend most of my day doing it, i will admit).


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uhh...2?

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Well isn't it obvious? No matter what you put in, the answer will be '42'

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Haha..
except that you can't just supply a numerical value, you have to show a full proof.

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yah, which is what's hard...

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dosent look all that hard to me >.> Im not gonna try it though, I have better stuff to do. lol

Not that I know though, Im not very good with math :P Get out your Texas Instruments people!!

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CoolJ

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quote:
Originally posted by luke:
Well isn't it obvious? No matter what you put in, the answer will be '42'

yeah it might really be 42!, it looks like it worked for these guys :

http://www.seedmagazine.com/news/2006/03/prime_numbers_get_hitched.ph p?utm_source=seedmag-main=rss&page=1

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There is an important sequence of numbers called "the moments of the Riemann zeta function." Although we know abstractly how to define it, mathematicians have had great difficulty explicitly calculating the numbers in the sequence. We have known since the 1920s that the first two numbers are 1 and 2, but it wasn't until a few years ago that mathematicians conjectured that the third number in the sequence may be 42a figure greatly significant to those well-versed in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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CoolJ

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quote:
Originally posted by goop2:
dosent look all that hard to me >.> Im not gonna try it though, I have better stuff to do. lol

Not that I know though, Im not very good with math :P Get out your Texas Instruments people!!


yeah! I COULD take it to the Math lab at school and ask them if they could help me with my homework problem lol! of course, that wouldn't be very honest....

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quote:
Originally posted by Gump:

Bill Dembski is offering the first person who completely resolves the following conjecture a $1000 cash prize. He needs it to be a completely error-free proof and will use it in his own writings (of course, he'll give full credit to the mathematician who proves it).


I think p=q, but I dont' know what an infimum is.
I'm going to look it up.

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Originally posted by That_guy:
I think p=q, but I dont' know what an infimum is.
I'm going to look it up.


lol! I looked up the definition, trust me it doesn't help!! But I think I'm getting close to the answer, I've narrowed it down to somewhere between negative infinity and infinity or maybe infinity + 1, not sure

oh yeah, and I think it's even or odd, but not both

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