The paper consisted of just two succinct sentences and it rebutted a mathematical precedent known as Euler’s conjecture, a theory proposed by Leonhard Euler in 1769.

Euler proposed that at least n nth powers are required for the value of “n” greater than “2” to provide a sum that is itself an “nth” power. Then in 1966, two mathematicians L.J. Lander and T.R. Parkin came along and swiftly overturned his claim with a counterexample: 27^{5} + 84^{5} + 110^{5} + 133^{5} = 144^{5}

The paper was published in T*he Bulletin Of The American Mathematical Society* in 1966. It was the shortest-known paper published in a serious math journal.

Sources: Open Culture, Wolfram MathWorld

My daughter, the Math major, and now Math teacher, would surely get this. My appreciation of this research paper lies completely in its conciseness. If you enjoy academic level research papers you should check out Micheline Walkers’s blog. — YUR

https://michelinewalker.com/2019/05/04/molieres-melicerte/

Brevity!

PS That was my idea of a succinct comment, in keeping with the post. It may now be moot, since I’ve rambled on in my post-script. 🙂 Your posts always make me think!

I can’t do algebra I. That and levels above it are required for college and even high school to have a passing degree of mastery. Almost kept me from graduating both. This is a special universe inhabited by admittedly brilliant minds but a place in the academic geography completely irrelevant and useless to me and many many other people as well. Most of us are not going to work for NASA . Accounting and bookkeeping would be much more useful curriculum in math for most of us.

hmmm… interesting and awesome

Interesting !

Fabulous post