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Conjectures that have been disproved with extremely large counterexamples?

I just came back from my Number Theory course, and during the lecture there was mention of the Collatz Conjecture. I'm sure that everyone here is familiar with it; it describes an operation on a ...
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Erdös-Straus conjecture

I'm reading a lot about the Erdös-Straus Conjecture (ESC), a conjecture that states that for every natural number $p \geq 2$, there exists a set of natural numbers $a, b, c$ , such that the following ...
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Euler's Totient function $\forall n\ge3$, if $(\frac{\varphi(n)}{2}+1)\ \mid\ n\ $ then $\frac{\varphi(n)}{2}+1$ is prime

While I was studying Euler's Totient function, $\varphi(n)$, I stumbled upon the marvelous book "Index to Mathematical Problems, 1980-1984" By Stanley Rabinowitz. In this page of the book (link to ...
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Proving a known zero of the Riemann Zeta has real part exactly 1/2

Much effort has been expended on a famous unsolved problem about the Riemann Zeta function $\zeta(s)$. Not surprisingly, it's called the Riemann hypothesis, which asserts: $$ \zeta(s) = 0 ...
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The $5n+1$ Problem

The Collatz Conjecture is a famous conjecture in mathematics that has lasted for over 70 years. It goes as follows: Define $f(n)$ to be as a function on the natural numbers by: $f(n) = n/2$ if $n$ ...
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the ratio of jacobi theta functions and a new conjectured q-continued fraction

Given the squared nome $q=e^{2i\pi\tau}$ with $|q|\lt1$, define ...
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a conjecture of certain q-continued fractions

Given the squared nome $q=e^{2i\pi\tau}$ with $|q|\lt1$, define, ...
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a conjectured continued fraction for $\displaystyle\tan\left(\frac{z\pi}{4z+2n}\right)$

Given a complex number $\begin{aligned}\frac{z}{n}=x+iy\end{aligned}$ and a gamma function $\Gamma(z)$ with $x\gt0$, it is conjectured that the following continued fraction for ...
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Does the set of $m \in Max(ord_n(k))$ for every $n$ without primitive roots contain a pair of primes $p_1+p_2=n$?

I have made the following observation: for those n even numbers that do not have primitive roots modulo n ,$Pr(n)$, the set $M(n)$ of those $k$ having a maximum multiplicative order $ord_n(k)$ ...
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How to prove $\int_0^\infty J_\nu(x)^3dx\stackrel?=\frac{\Gamma(1/6)\ \Gamma(1/6+\nu/2)}{2^{5/3}\ 3^{1/2}\ \pi^{3/2}\ \Gamma(5/6+\nu/2)}$?

I am interested in finding a general formula for the following integral: $$\int_0^\infty J_\nu(x)^3dx,\tag1$$ where $J_\nu(x)$ is the Bessel function of the first kind: $$J_\nu(x)=\sum ...
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A conjecture concerning primes and algebra

A monoid morphism $\psi:\mathbb Z_+\!\!\rightarrow\mathbb Z_+$ is defined by an arbitrary function $f:\mathbb Z_+\!\!\rightarrow\mathbb Z_+$ and defines a group homomorphism $\varphi:\mathbb ...
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conjectured new generating function of fibonacci numbers

I conjecture a new generating function for the fibonacci numbers $F_{n}$. Given,the following conjectured q-continued fraction ...
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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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Euler's totient and divisors count function relationship when $[(\frac{\varphi(n)}{2}+1)\cdot(\frac{\tau(n)}{2}+1)] = n$

I am studying the Euler's totient function $\varphi(n)$ and the divisors count function, $\tau(n)$, also named $d(n)$, and recently opened a question (link here) about the following condition: ...
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Does $|n^2 \cos n|$ diverge to $+\infty$?

I was recently exposed to the problem of deciding whether $$ \lim_{n \to +\infty} |n \cos n| = +\infty$$ where the limit is taken over the integers. As $|\cos n|$ oscillates throughout the interval ...
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I made an observation on prime numbers, want to check if any conjecture already exist or not?

I am a computer programmer by profession and I am interested in number theory. As like many others I am intrigued by prime numbers. Based on my observation, I found following to be true If $n$ is ...
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Infinitely many primes of the $\sum_{i=0}^{a} n^{i}+m\cdot\sum_{i=0}^{b} n^{i}$ form?

How to show that there is infinitely many prime numbers of the form: $p=\sum_{i=0}^{a} n^{i}+m\cdot\sum_{i=0}^{b} n^{i}$ where: $m\in \mathbb{Z}^{*}$ , $a,b,n\in \mathbb{N}$ , $\gcd(a+1,b+1)=1$ For ...
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Goldbach conjecture

I have seen the following in my observation. I am so sorry, if I am wrong. I do not know how far I am right. But, I feel that, it might be correct. If correct, Please let me know that way to proceed ...
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a conjectured continued-fraction for $\cot\left(\frac{z\pi}{4z+2n}\right)$ that leads to a new limit for $\pi$

In this post,I posed a similar conjecture for $\displaystyle\tan\left(\frac{z\pi}{4z+2n}\right)$ but did not get any helpful answers. Given a complex number ...
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Is it known or new? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Starting digits of 2^n While I was randomly working with number patterns, I came along with some interesting pattern which seems to turn to a conjecture in fact. My ...
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Is $p(p + 1)$ always a friendly number for $p$ a prime number?

Let $\sigma(x)$ denote the sum of the divisors of $x$. We call the ratio $I(x) = \sigma(x)/x$ as the abundancy index of $x$. A positive integer $N$ is friendly if there exists another positive ...
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A number-theory question on the deficiency function $2x - \sigma(x)$

Let $\sigma(x)$ be the sum of the divisors of a (positive) integer $x$. (For example, $\sigma(2) = 1 + 2 = 3$.) Define the deficiency function $D(x)$ to be the number $$D(x) = 2x - \sigma(x).$$ Let ...
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Conjecture about the product of the primitive roots modulo a prime number ($\prod Pr_p$)

While I was learning about the primitive roots modulo $p \in \Bbb P$ (I will call $Pr_p$ to the complete list of the primitive roots module $p$) and having in mind the conjecture explained in this ...
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Converse of Collatz Conjecture

How to write a pseudocode program that halts only if the Collatz Conjecture is false. Thanks much in advance!!!
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Improved Betrand's postulate

I want to show that $2p_{n-2} \geq p_{n}-1$... Bertand's postulate shows us that $4p_{n-2}\geq p_{n}$ but can we improve on this? any ideas?
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Why proof by induction fails for Goldbach's conjecture?

Can anyone clarify why induction method fails for this conjecture?
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Integral $\int_1^\infty\frac{\operatorname{arccot}\left(1+\frac{2\pi}{\operatorname{arcoth}x-\operatorname{arccsc}x}\right)}{\sqrt{x^2-1}}\mathrm dx$

Consider the following integral: $$\mathcal{I}=\int_1^\infty\frac{\operatorname{arccot}\left(1+\frac{2\,\pi}{\operatorname{arcoth}x\,-\,\operatorname{arccsc}x}\right)}{\sqrt{x^2-1}}\mathrm dx,$$ where ...
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Conjecture $_2F_1\left(\frac14,\frac34;\,\frac23;\,\frac13\right)=\frac1{\sqrt{\sqrt{\frac4{\sqrt{2-\sqrt[3]4}}+\sqrt[3]{4}+4}-\sqrt{2-\sqrt[3]4}-2}}$

Using a numerical search on my computer I discovered the following inequality: $$\left|\,{_2F_1}\left(\frac14,\frac34;\,\frac23;\,\frac13\right)-\rho\,\right|<10^{-20000},\tag1$$ where $\rho$ is ...
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Conjecture $\int_0^1\frac{dx}{\sqrt[3]x\,\sqrt[6]{1-x}\,\sqrt{1-x\left(\sqrt{6}\sqrt{12+7\sqrt3}-3\sqrt3-6\right)^2}}=\frac\pi9(3+\sqrt2\sqrt[4]{27})$

Let $$\alpha=\sqrt{6}\ \sqrt{12+7\,\sqrt3}-3\,\sqrt3-6.\tag1$$ Note that $\alpha$ is the unique positive root of the polynomial equation $$\alpha^4+24\,\alpha^3+18\,\alpha^2-27=0.\tag2$$ Now consider ...
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A conjectural closed form for $\sum\limits_{n=0}^\infty\frac{n!\,(2n)!}{(3n+2)!}$

Let $$S=\sum\limits_{n=0}^\infty\frac{n!\,(2n)!}{(3n+2)!},\tag1$$ its numeric value is approximately $S \approx 0.517977853388534047...$${}^{[more\ digits]}$ $S$ can be represented in terms of the ...
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Conjectured closed form for $\int_0^1x^{2\,q-1}\,K(x)^2dx$ where $K(x)$ is the complete elliptic integral of the 1ˢᵗ kind

I am interested in a general closed-form formula for integrals of the following form: $$\mathcal{J}_q=\int_0^1x^{2\,q-1}\,K(x)^2dx,\tag0$$ where $K(x)$ is the complete elliptic integral of the 1ˢᵗ ...
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Why do mathematicians sometimes assume famous conjectures in their research?

I will use a specific example, but I mean in general. I went to a number theory conference and I saw one thing that surprised me: Nearly half the talks began with "Assuming the generalized Riemann ...
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How to prove $4\times{_2F_1}(-1/4,3/4;7/4;(2-\sqrt3)/4)-{_2F_1}(3/4,3/4;7/4;(2-\sqrt3)/4)\stackrel?=\frac{3\sqrt[4]{2+\sqrt3}}{\sqrt2}$

I have the following conjecture, which is supported by numerical calculations up to at least $10^5$ decimal digits: ...
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Conjecture about integral $\int_0^1 K\left(\sqrt{\vphantom1x}\right)\,K\left(\sqrt{1-x}\right)\,x^ndx$

I'm interested in the following integral: $$\mathcal J(n)=\int_0^1 K\left(\sqrt{\vphantom1x}\right)\,K\left(\sqrt{1-x}\right)\,x^ndx,\tag1$$ where $K(z)$ is the complete elliptic integral of the 1ˢᵗ ...
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Symmetry of bicycle-lock numbers

Suppose you have a combination bicycle lock of this sort: with $n$ dials and $k$ numbers on each dial. Let $m(n,k)$ denote the minimum number of turns that always suffice to open the lock from any ...
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open conjectures in real analysis targeting real valued functions of a single real variable

I am hoping that this question (if in acceptable form) be community wiki. Are there any open conjectures in real analysis primarily targeting real valued functions of a single real variable ? (it may ...
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Yet another conjecture about primes

Let $\mathcal{N}(n)$ be the next prime greater than $n$. Conjecture: $\mathcal{N}(n!)-n!\:$ is either $1$ or a prime. It holds for n=1 to 99 and the expression is 1 for 3,11,27,37,41,73,77 and ...
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Examples of falsified (or currently open) longstanding conjectures leading to large bodies of incorrect results.

In general, the way that modern mathematical research is conducted isn't the way that many would assume is the ideal method of research. That is, mathematics is not the linear progression of ...
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Conjectured closed form for $\operatorname{Li}_2\!\left(\sqrt{2-\sqrt3}\cdot e^{i\pi/12}\right)$

There are few known closed form for values of the dilogarithm at specific points. Sometimes only the real part or only the imaginary part of the value is known, or a relation between several different ...
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Density of odd numbers in a sequence relating base 2 and base 3 expansion

Define the function $$f(4n)=6n+1\\ f(4n+1)=6n+2\\ f(4n+2)=6n+3\\ f(4n+3)=6n+5$$ and the sequence $u_0=2$, $u_{k+1}=f(u_k)$. Let $d_1\le d_2$ be the lower and upper asymptotic density of odd numbers ...
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Conjectured closed form of $G^{2~2}_{3~3}\left(1\middle|\begin{array}c1,1;b+1\\b,b;0\end{array}\right)$

In my answer to this question, I come across the following case of the Meijer G-function: $$F(b)=G^{2~2}_{3~3}\left(1\middle|\begin{array}c1,1;b+1\\b,b;0\end{array}\right), b>0$$ and based on my ...
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Prove that there exists an $m$ such that for any $n>m$ there exists at least one prime between $c_n$ and $n$

Let $c_n$ be the $n$-th composite. Then the problem is to prove that- $\pi(c_n)-\pi(n)>0$ $\forall n>m$ I have tried to progress in the problem using an elementary approach. So far I have ...
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Disprove the Twin Prime Conjecture for Exotic Primes

The List of unsolved problems in mathematics contains varies conjectures of exotic primes like: Mersenne primes (of the form $2^p - 1$ where $p$ is a prime, A000668, $43\%$) Sophie Germain primes ...
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If $a$ is even and $b$ is odd then $\gcd(2^{a}+1,2^{b}+1)=1$

How to prove that: If $a$ is even and $b$ is odd then $\gcd(2^{a}+1,2^{b}+1)=1$ This statement is generalization of the statement from my previous question. I have checked for many $(a,b)$ ...
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Isoperimetric inequality, isodiametric inequality, hyperplane conjecture… what are the inequalities of this kind known or conjectured?

Question: Which inequalities similar to the famous isoperimetric inequality is known? conjectured? I recently learned about some inequalities which are all similar to the famous isoperimetric ...
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Is the 3x+1 problem solved? [closed]

I found an article by Peter Schorer from June 29,2015 which is claming to give a solution of the 3x+1 problem. Are there remarks from any mathematicians if this is correct or not?
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About the hyperplane conjecture.

I have recently heard about the hyperplane conjecture and I would like to understand better the problematic behind this conjecture. The hyperplane conjecture: There exists a universal constant ...
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A conjecture about prime numbers based on $\sigma_1(n)$ and the Highly Abundant Numbers

I am trying to find the smallest expression $E(n)$, whose distances between the value of the expression and the next prime closer to the expression, $\mathcal{N}(E(n))$, and from the expression to the ...
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making mathematical conjectures

If a non-mathematician wanted to conjecture something and had strong numerical evidence to support the conjecture, how would he/she go about doing so? Would the mathematical community (a) take it ...