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Zhang's theorem and Polignac's conjecture

Yitang Zhang made a groundbreaking discovery when he proved that there are infinitely many pairs of prime numbers which differ by less than $70,000,000$. Zhang's theorem has been significantly ...
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Twin Prime conjecture current status

Can someone help me with a link to read about the status of the Twin Prime conjecture. I have browse on the internet and have read some articles but still I have no clue of the updated status of Twin ...
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Why Goldbach's conjecture is difficult to prove?

Why Goldbach's conjecture is still non-solved and is difficult to prove? What makes the mathematicians fail when trying to prove it?
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What does proving the Collatz Conjecture entail?

From the get go: i'm not trying to prove the Collatz Conjecture where hundreds of smarter people have failed. I'm just curious. I'm wondering where one would have to start in proving the Collatz ...
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What is the importance of 3n in the Collatz Conjecture?

I'm not mathematician, so forgive me if I make wrong assumptions. I was wondering what the importance of the $3n$ is in the Collatz Conjuncture. If you just do $n + 1$, it seems you'll end up at $1$ ...
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Status of a conjecture about powers of 2

I recently saw a conjecture on a blog ( http://blog.tanyakhovanova.com/?p=311 ) which the author refers to as the 86 conjecture. The conjecture claims that all powers of 2 greater than $2^{86}$ have a ...
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Branches of mathematics not having a general method to solve

I studied applied math, so each course (except abstract algebra) was dedicated to solution of a similar problems. After those courses it seems that every branch of mathematics has a developed theory ...