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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why proof by induction fails for Goldbach's conjecture?

Can anyone clarify why induction method fails for this conjecture?
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Number theory conjecture [closed]

Let us observe the following pattern $N - p_1 = m_1, N - p_2 = m_2, \ldots , N - p_r = m_r$; take $p_1 = 3$ and $p_2 = 5,\ldots$ notice that $p_r$ is the larger prime less than or equal to square ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Conjecture involving semi-prime numbers of the form $2^{x}-1$

Let $x$ be a positive integer such that $(2^{x}-1)=pq$ , where $p$ and $q$ are prime numbers. I want to show that either $p^{2} \bmod x \equiv 1$ or $q^{2} \bmod x \equiv 1$ (or both of course). Is ...
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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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Measure Theory Conjecture

While I was doing some math here, I made this conjecture. Let $f_n:X\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a sequence of measurable functions from the measure space $(X,\mathcal{A},\mu)$ to the measurable space ...
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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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Problems about consecutive semiprimes

I was playing around with semi-prime numbers and I made two conjectures, which are: Given any integer $a$, at least one of $a,(a+1),(a+2)$ or $(a+3)$ is not semi-prime. There are infinitely many ...
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Prove that $\lim\limits_{x\to\infty} \frac{\Gamma(x+1,x(1+\epsilon))}{x\Gamma(x)}=0$.

I conjecture that for any $\epsilon>0$, we have $$ \lim_{x\to\infty} \frac{\Gamma(x+1,x(1+\epsilon))}{x\Gamma(x)}=0 $$ where $\Gamma(x,a) = \int_a^\infty t^{x-1}e^{-t} \mathrm{d}t$ denotes the ...
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A similar, but hopefully easier problem than Gilbreath's conjecture

Gilbreath's conjecture says that for every positive integer $n$, if we write out the first $n$ primes $2,3,5,7,11,13,\ldots,p_n$ take the differences between consecutive terms ...
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Proof on a conjecture involving $d(N)$

Let $d(n)$ denote the number of divisors of $n $. Then let $N$ be a number such that $d(N)$ divides $N$ . Also let $I= \frac{N}{d(N)}$ which is defined as the "Index of Beauty of $N$ ". Then prove ...
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Number of subsets of $U$ whose arithmetic mean is integral

Question is :- $n$ is a positive integer. Call a non-empty subset $S$ of $\{1,2,\dots,n\}$ "good" if the arithmetic mean of elements of $S$ is also an integer. Further Let $t_n$ denote the ...
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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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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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A conjecture about the difference between consecutive primes with respect to a prime number squared.

Conjecture If we have two consecutive prime numbers $p_{a}$ and $p_{a+1}$, and two other consecutive primes $p_n$ and $p_{n+1}$, so that $p_{a} < p_{a+1} < p^2_{n+1}$, then $p_{a+1} - ...
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A conjecture on $\phi(n)$

Let $\phi(n)$ denote the Euler totient function of $n $. Then let $N$ be a number such that $\phi(N)$ divides $N$ . Also let $I_1= \frac{N}{\phi(N)}$ which is defined as the "Second order Index of ...
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My conjecture on almost integers.

Here when I was studying almost integers , I made the following conjecture - Let $x$ be a natural number then For sufficiently large $n$ (Natural number) Let $$\Omega=(\sqrt x+\lfloor \sqrt x ...
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Equal perimeters of squares and right angled isosceles triangles

Consider a square ABCD having length l and breadth. Now start folding the sides AB and AC so that the figure becomes something like this $$$$ All the vertical and horizontal folds/stairs are equal in ...
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twin prime conjecture

Whether I am correct or wrong I don't know. If there are any corrections, please let me know. Let $p_n$ = product of all primes. (of course we can go still beyond as we know $p_n$ is infinite). Now ...
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If $\gcd(a,b)=1$ , and $a$ is even and $b$ is odd then $\gcd(2^{a}+1,2^{b}+1)=1$?

How to prove that: $\gcd(a,b)=1 \Rightarrow \gcd(2^{a}+1,2^{b}+1)=1$ ,where $a$ is even and $b$ is odd natural number For example: $\gcd(2^8+1,2^{13}+1)=1 , \gcd(2^{64}+1,2^{73}+1)=1$ I know ...