Help Solve A Math Problem
Now, mathematicians have a way to figure out the range of answers, and a group of them — including Houston and Pantone — are actively working to figure out a formula that combines Egan’s work and the anonymous proof into a cohesive formula.
“It might be possible to crack the thing completely open,” Houston says.
The result got mathematicians really excited about the problem again after it had languished in the literature for a quarter century.
Eventually, one of them found the 4chan proof, and all those numbers and symbols started to fall into place.
No matter how much they listen to the teacher, study guide books that explain step-by-step solutions, review math concepts and practice outside the classroom, it seems as if some math equations, inequalities just cannot be solved.
But of course, there’s always a solution if you know where to look.
When students get asked about what subject they hate the most, the majority of them would answer Math.
But no one has found a formula that would actually solve that problem.
A 4chan poster may have solved part of a very tricky math problem that mathematicians have been working on for at least 25 years.
The user was just trying to figure out the most efficient way to watch episodes of a nonlinear anime series, but the result has generated considerable interest from mathematicians around the world who have no way to identify the anonymous user.
“You have to convince a skeptical reader that you’re correct.
That doesn’t rely on your identity being known.” Pantone was that skeptical reader for the 4chan proof.