The Goldbach Conjecture

One of the oldest and most famous unsolved mathematical problems is the Goldbach conjecture. This is Every even number greater than 2 can be expressed as the sum of two prime numbers. This problem was first posed in 1742 by the German mathematician Christian Goldbach and nearly three hundred years later no one has managed… Continue reading The Goldbach Conjecture

196-an unsolved problem

For my latest post I'll move away from my usual topics of astronomy and space travel and I'll talk about an interesting unsolved problem in mathematics which is: 'Is the number 196 a Lychrel number?'. What is a Lychrel number? There is a simple mathematical operator called reverse and add where you take a number… Continue reading 196-an unsolved problem