Questions on problems that have yet to be completely solved by current mathematical methods.

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What steps have been taken so far to solve Brocard's Problem?

The equation is $$n!+1=m^2$$ where $n$ and $m$ are natural numbers. Brocard's Problem asks whether there are solutions for n other than $4, 5, 7$. The only improvement I have found that people have ...
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open problems regarding functions

I am looking for some open problems regarding functions. Problems like, Whether a function satisfying some properties say, X,Y,Z, exists or not, is unknown. Like there is no function $f(x)$ such ...
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How can you confirm that a problem is open?

I was reading an article on Wikipedia and I came across a list of two problems which they asserted to be open, but without citation. I have looked through some literature but not all, as I am afraid I ...
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Are there simple unsolved problems in statistics?

In number theory, calculus and various fields of mathematics, there are many unsolved problems. But are there simple unsolved problems in statistics?
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Would a quantum computer solve the Riemann hypothesis? [closed]

I heard that a quantum computer can give many results as one computation step. Does it mean that it would be just a brute force search for a quantum computer to solve for example the Riemann's ...
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Very tentative proof that the terms in Beal's Conjecture must not be squares?

I'm a high-school student, so please point out my mistakes accordingly. Thanks! Alright. So: $$a^x + b^y=c^z$$ And if x, y, and z are over 2 then $$a^2a^m+b^2b^n=c^2c^o$$ m, n, and o of course ...
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Groups $\pi$ with $K(\pi, 1)$ a finite CW-complex

For what (say, finitely generated) groups $\pi$ is $K(\pi, 1)$ a finite CW-complex? Such a group must necessarily be torsion-free, since otherwise $H^*K(\pi, 1) = H^* \pi$ would be nontrivial in ...
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Is it possible to show that a particular theorem or its negation is provable, without knowing which of the two is true?

I've been thinking about this for a while: as far as we know, is it possible that for a particular statement $\sigma$ of $\textsf{ZFC}$, we can prove that $(\textsf{ZFC} \vdash \sigma) \vee ...
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Prove that $\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty} \frac{\log_{10}\lfloor\text{Denominator of } H_{10^n}\rfloor+1 }{10^n}=\log_{10} e$

In short, my question is asking to prove that the $$\lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{\text{number of digits in the denominator of} \sum_{k=1}^{10^n} \frac 1k}{10^n}=\log_{10} e$$ I know that the number of ...
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Proving the Riemann Hypothesis and Impact on Cryptography

I was talking with a friend last night, and she raised the topic of the Clay Millennium Prize problems. I mentioned that my "favorite" problem is the Riemann Hypothesis; I explained what it posits ...
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Result of solving an unsolved problem?

I was mulling over currently unsolved problems in mathematics (as I, and many others, find them quite interesting) and began to wonder what would happen if these problems were to be solved. I know ...
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Open problems in Banach spaces? universal spaces

I have gathered a list of universality problems in Banach spaces which have been solved: The non existence of a separable reflexive space universal for the class of separable reflexive spaces. If a ...
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Comparing Category Theory and Model Theory for Master's Thesis.

I am currently doing a Masters thesis in pure maths, and the two current fields that excite me are Category Theory (CT) and Model Theory (MT). I have been reading up on David Marker's Model Theory: ...
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Is there a link between the Bunyakovsky conjecture and the Twin Prime conjecture?

Can the proof of one conjecture be considered a proof of the other conjecture? The general method of building an infinite number of prime producing quadratic polynomials was given in the link ...
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A detail in [ the time evolution operator]

If $$\hat C=\Delta \hat S_{22}+\lambda _1[\hat a_1 \hat S_{21}+\hat a_1^\dagger \hat S_{12}]+\lambda _2[\hat a_2 \hat S_{32}+\hat a_2^\dagger \hat S_{23}] ,$$ $$ \hat \beta= ...
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Weakening Goldbach hypothesis by allowing finitely many composites and 1

Is it an open question whether there is a finite set $N$ of positive integers such that for every positive even integer $n$ there are $n_1,n_2\in\mathbb P\cup N$ such that $n=n_1+n_2$? ($\mathbb P$ ...
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diffusion- stuck

In a round room of radius R, a large number of coins N of diameter d are randomly dispersed upon the floor. A ladybird starts from the centre of the room, crawling at speed v. Suppose that every time ...
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Are all $\delta$-hyperbolic groups CAT(0)?

In Alessandro Sisto's notes on geometric group theory he mentions that "Many, probably most people in the field" believe that not all $\delta$-hyperbolic groups are CAT(0) groups. Can anything be said ...
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<Reference Request> Research done on whether the Euler prime can be the largest factor of an odd perfect number

(Note: This has been cross-posted to MO.) Good day! I would like to request for references to research done as to whether the Euler prime of an odd perfect number can also be its largest factor. ...
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If $3^x$ and $5^x$ are both integers, is $x$ an integer?

Does the following statement hold? $$x\in \mathbb{R}^+ \text{and} \ 3^x, 5^x \in \mathbb{Z} \implies x \in \mathbb{Z}$$ In words: If $x>0$ is a real number, and $3^x$ and $5^x$ are ...
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Innocent looking open problems in real analysis

Are there any apparently easy problems or conjectures in basic real analysis (that is, calculus) that are still open? By apparently easy, I mean: so much so, that, if it was for the statement alone, ...
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On $p^{\log_q n}$, where $p$ and $q$ are distinct primes

Let $p,q$ be distinct primes, $n>1$ an integer with $\log_q n $ irrational. It was, and probably still is, a conjecture that $p^{\log_q n}$ is non-integer. What progress has been made towards it?
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Open problems for which all cases except one have been solved

Keller's conjecture states that in any tiling of Euclidean $n$-space by identical hypercubes there are two cubes that meet face to face. The conjecture has been shown to be true for $n<7$ and ...
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two questions about primes

I'm very ignorant about results in number theory concerning the primes. Please let me know if these are open conjectures or easy problems: There are infinitely many primes of the form $n!+1$ There ...
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On progress in mathematics: some long-open problems and long-standing conjectures

I would like to ask a question here on Math Stack Exchange taking inspiration (and therefore combining) from two well-known threads on MathOverflow: (1) Not especially famous, long-open problems which ...
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Maximal abelian subalgebras of SAW*-algebras

Pedersen distilled the following class of C*-algebras which he termed SAW*-algebras: A C*-algebra $A$ is an SAW*-algebra if for each pair of orthogonal, positive elements $x,y\in A$, there exists a ...
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Dickson's (and Bunyakovsky's) conjecture with compositeness constraints

Dickson's conjecture, in simple terms, says that for any choice of $a_1,b_1,a_2,b_2,...,a_k,b_k\in\Bbb N$ we have, for infinitely many $n\in\Bbb N$, that all of $a_1+nb_1,...,a_k+nb_k$ are prime, ...
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Does Schinzel's hypthesis hold when you allow exponentials?

I'm curious to what extent Schinzel's hypothesis is expected to hold. Heuristically it seems that a typical doubly exponential function say $3^{3^n}+4$ probably is prime only at finitely many $n$ by ...
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Is it known if $\pi + e$ is transcendental over the rational numbers?

I recall reading a comment on reddit that had stated that it is not known if $\pi + e$, (nor $\pi e$) is transcendental over $\mathbb{Q}$, nor even if it is irrational. Is this true? It strikes me as ...
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Improving the bound $q < n\sqrt{3}$ for an odd perfect number $N = {q^k}{n^2}$ given in Eulerian form

(Note: This has been cross-posted to MO.) Let $N = {q^k}{n^2}$ be an odd perfect number given in Eulerian form (i.e., $q$ is prime with $q \equiv k \equiv 1 \pmod 4$ and $\gcd(q, n) = 1$). ...
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likely open number theory problem: finite sum of $\zeta(2)$ equal to a square of rationals

Which $n$ can let $S=1+\frac14+\frac19+\cdots+\frac1{n^2}$ be a square of a rational number? Obviously, $1$ and $3$ work, but how to prove they are the only ones? I think this problem is really hard. ...
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Open mathematical questions for which we really, really have no idea what the answer is

There is no shortage of open problems in mathematics. While a formal proof for any of them remains elusive, with the "yes/no" questions among them mathematicians are typically not working in both ...
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Why is there apparently a consensus on the P = NP question?

So through my years of education I have heard a lot about the famous $\mathrm{P}=\mathrm{NP}$ problem. I have seen that a significant number of mathematicians believe that this result is false (and ...
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Is there a finite set comprising the solutions to indefinite integrals of common functions?

There are some integrals that are impossible to express in terms of elementary function, for example, $ \int \frac{e^x}{x} dx $ is only expressible as a "special" function $Ei(x)$, the exponential ...
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Sum on digits of powers of two is not too large

Is the following proved: Are there infinitely many positive integers $m$ and an integer $n$ such that sum of digits of $2^m$ is at most $n$?
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NP-Completeness and NP

Given : $S$ is an $NP-Complete$ problem $Q$ and $R$ are two other problems not known to be in $NP$. $Q$ is polynomial-time reducible to $S$ and $S$ is polynomial-time reducible to $R$. My thoughts ...
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Relationship between Primes and Fibonacci Sequence

I recently stumbled across an unexpected relationship between the prime numbers and the Fibonacci sequence. We know a lot about Fibonacci numbers but relatively little about primes, so this connection ...
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Problem Solving - Project Crashing Time

My working out: (EST,EFT) times for the activities: A: (0,0) B: (0,8) C: (3,3) D: (10,38) E: (10,18) F: (18,18) G: (25,33) H: (58,58) I: (25,33) J: (45,53) K: (118,118) Finish: (133,133) ...
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Any book on major (recent) math discovery (results) in an easy understanding way?

All: Can anyone recommend a book which illustrate major (recent) math discoveries (results) in an easy understanding way ? For "recent discoveries", I meaning something discovered in last 50 years. ...
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What are the big issues in modern graph theory?

This is inspired by the similar question on modern set theory. I've read through the open problems in graph theory on Wikipedia's list of unsolved problems in mathematics, but what I'm looking for is ...
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What is the oldest open problem in geometry?

Geometry is one of the oldest branches of mathematics, and many famous problems have been proposed and solved in its long history. What I would like to know is: What is the oldest open problem in ...
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On the indivisibility of odd perfect numbers by small numbers

A good day to everyone! This question is an offshoot of the following MSE posts: Odd perfect number divisors Can an odd perfect number be divisible by $101$? My question is as follows: Is ...
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Research Topics Needed

This coming academic year a professor has asked me to find some topics that I wish to pursue to write about. The problem/topic that will be discussed doesn't have to be open, but my trouble is that I ...
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How can I solve this problem without having to do it by hand?

I'm dealing with the following problem in computational programming. I'm trying to find a way to build an algorithm that can quickly resolve the following problem statement without forcing me to do it ...
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How can I solve this problem without doing it by hand? [duplicate]

I'm dealing with the following problem in computational programming. I'm trying to find a way to build an algorithm that can quickly resolve the following problem statement without forcing me to do it ...
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Is there any way to solve this problem without having to do it by hand? [duplicate]

I'm dealing with the following problem in computational programming. I'm trying to find a way to build an algorithm that can quickly resolve the following problem statement. Is there any way to group ...
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What do we know about Sorli's Conjecture and Odd Perfect Numbers?

I have seen that Jose Arnaldo Dris has recently published a great deal of literature concerning odd perfect numbers and Sorli's Conjecture. He claims that the truth of Sorli's conjecture implies that ...
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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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Coding Forcing Notions by Ordinal Numbers: A Possible Approach to Shelah-Foreman-Magidor Conjecture

Forcing notions are partial orders. In some sense each partial order is a "combination" of some well-orderings and each well-orderings is isomorphic to a unique ordinal number. Thus in some sense a ...
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Are there any infinite sets that are not known to be either countable or uncountable?

Are there any known examples of sets that are definitely infinite, but where we don't know whether or not they're countable? I haven't heard of anything like this before, but it seems that there ...