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

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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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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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Dominance Network Worded Problems

What are some methods to solve this? Normally for dominance I do as such: Write a matrix for one step dominance, then find total dominance by = D+D^2 - then sum each row of the matrix. Using this ...
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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 ...
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Why the proof of Catalan's conjecture is not easily generalizable?

Let $x,y>0$, $u,v>1$ be integers. Why is it easier to solve $x^u-y^v=1$ than $x^u-y^v=2$? Is there possible some group behind the first equation which has some nice property that the group made ...
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State of art of prime numbers distribution [closed]

I was reading some questions about prime numbers posted in latest days and a question came to my mind: What is the state of art of the research into prime numbers distribution? I read then ...
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an idea about the relation between the residues at infinity and the infinity line?

i have a question about the following three concepts for infinity: The point at infinity, also called ideal point, of the real number line is a point which, when added to the number line yields a ...
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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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Can one prove a special case of Goldbach conjecture without constructing primes?

I know that sometimes in mathematics one can prove that there exist something without constructing it. I was thinking whether one can show if $2^{57885162}$ is a sum of two primes by any reasoning. ...
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A question on odd perfect numbers

Let $\sigma(x)$ be the sum of the divisors of the positive integer $x$. If $\sigma(M) = 2M$, then $M$ is said to be perfect. Currently, there are $48$ known examples of even perfect numbers -- on ...
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Waring's Inequality Solution

$$ \text{Waring's problem asks, "Is }\left\lfloor \left(\frac{3}{2}\right)^n\right\rfloor =\left\lfloor \frac{3^n-1}{2^n-1}\right\rfloor\text{ always true?"} $$ We craft an inequality, with $m,n ...
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Conjecture related to the Erdős discrepancy problem

Conjecture: If $k \in \mathbb{N}$ and $S$ is an infinite set of primes, then the multiplicative $\pm$-sequence generated by $S$ contains $+^k$ as a substring infinitely often. (If $S$ is allowed to ...
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Can the twin prime conjecture be solved in this way?

After some research, I have discovered that proving the statement; There exist an infinite number of positive integers K such that; $K \neq 6ab \pm a \pm b$ and $K \neq 6ab \mp a \pm b$ is ...
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Does proving the following statement equate to proving the twin prime conjecture?

After some research, I found that it has been supposedly proven, that proving that there exists an infinite number of positive integers K such that; $K \neq 6ab \pm a \pm b$ and $K \neq 6ab \mp a ...
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What are some of the major open problems in category theory?

What are some of the major open problems in category theory? Just curious - I'm interested in category theory.
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a Problem about Sequence [duplicate]

Let $a_1$ be an integer. Then we assume $$ a_{n+1} = \begin{cases} 3a_n+1,&\text{$a_n$ is odd}\\ \frac{a_n}{2},&\text{$a_n$ is even} \end{cases} $$ Now we prove that for any ...
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Minimal counterexamples of the isomorphism problem for integral group rings

The isomorphism problem for integral group rings asks if two finite groups $G,H$ are isomorphic when their integral group rings $\mathbb{Z}[G]$, $\mathbb{Z}[H]$ are isomorphic. Quite a lot has been ...
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Perfect cuboid cube

Is there any proof that there is no cubic perfect cuboid? Here is a description of the problem: . I'm currently using trying to get an empty set to solve it... [ A "perfect cuboid" is one whose ...
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Which precision would be needed?

According to Wikipedia, it is not known whether the number $$\pi \uparrow \uparrow 4$$ is an integer. (See Tetration) To which precision would $\pi$ have to be calculated to decide this ? The ...
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Is there any hope to disprove goldbach's conjecture?

It is widely believed, that goldbach's conjecture is true. But suppose, there is a counterexample of, lets say, 50 digits. Is there any hope to prove this counterexample to be one ? Brute force ...
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A light beam enters a closed room. What is the maximal number of reflections?

I have the following problem: a light beam enters a mirror room with integer coordinates in the plane (consider it as a polygon). One of the walls of the room is removed and the light beam enters the ...
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$q\sin q$ is small

I read from the book "Which Way did the Bicycle Go" that it is unknown whether for every $c>0$ there are infinitely many integers $n$ such that $|n\sin n|<c.$ Let $\mathbb{Q}_{m}$ be the set ...
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Collatz conjecture and related problems - mathematical machinery

Collatz conjecture stands as an open problem. That leads me to believe that the conjecture cannot be resolved by elementary means. Which brings me to my question: What techniques/machinery from ...
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When is a number like “ddd…ddd”+1 (where d is a digit) a perfect square or a prime?

Inspired by Is the number $333, 333, 333, 333, 333, 333, 333, 333, 334$ a perfect square?, I wonder when numbers like these are perfect squares. Certainly, all numbers of the form $000...0001$ are ...
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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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Open Problems in Real Analysis [closed]

What are some open problems in Real Analysis? I have found some on the Open Problem Garden, but would like to see some more.
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Why are these geometric problems so hard?

I was surprised to learn that both for the Moving Sofa Problem and Packing 11 Squares solutions have been proposed, but in either case the optimality of the proposed solution is, as of yet, only ...
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will $x_{n+1}=x_n/2$ if $x_n$ is even; otherwise $x_{n+1}=3*x_n+1$, will $x_n$ shrink to 1?

I was asked this question that, for any $x_1 \in \mathbb{N}$, define the sequence as $$x_{n+1}=\left\{ \begin{array}{l l} x_n/2 & \quad \text{if } x \text{ is even} \\ 3 x_n+1 & ...
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Apery's constant

I read that it is unknown if $\zeta (3)$ is algebraic but it is known to be irrational. Has anyone proved anything of the form $\zeta (3)$ is not a root of a polynomial of degree $12345$ with integer ...
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Can an odd perfect number be divisible by 101?

Preamble - This question is an offshoot from the following earlier questions here at MSE: Can an odd perfect number be divisible by 825? Can an odd perfect number be divisible by 165? Odd perfect ...