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Studying for a qualifying exam and came across Don Marshall's notes. This one has stumped me for some time. This question is related to another MSE question:

$\begin{align*}\text{If $f$ and $g$ are entire and } [f(z)]^n+[g(z)]^n=1\text{ for $n>3$ then $f,g$ are constant}. \end{align*}$

The most I could deduce is that if $f$ were not constant then $[f(z)]^n$ is necessarily surjective as missing one value for $[f(z)]^n$ would force $n$ missed values for $f$. That's about as far as I could get.

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  • $\begingroup$ You were very close ;) $\endgroup$ – Daniel Fischer Mar 15 '14 at 20:43
  • $\begingroup$ Absolutely a duplicate. Despite my search I couldn't find the page you linked to before I posted. $\endgroup$ – user135671 Mar 15 '14 at 20:47
  • $\begingroup$ No problem, searching isn't easy. I knew something more to look for, and I knew there was the duplicate. So I was able to find it. $\endgroup$ – Daniel Fischer Mar 15 '14 at 20:50

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