We look at famous math problems, both unsolved and solved
Famous math problem solved thanks to crowdsourcing - USA TODAY
The four-color theorem states that any map can be colored with four colors in such a way that adjacent countries do not receive the same color. This theorem is one of the most famous math problems ever to be solved by computer. Last year, Georges Gonthier gave a completely formal proof of the four-color theorem. This means the proof has now been carefully checked at the level of fundamental axioms and rules of inference of mathematics. I will describe Gonthier's project and explain a number of interesting connections with my current work on packing spheres.
The World's Most Famous Math Problem - Goodreads
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics states that it is important for students to make connections with mathematical concepts. This resource provides practitioners and their students with various historical perspectives on famous mathematical problems that could be used for students to make these valuable connections. However, I found some of the problems involving mathematical number theory that may be too complex for ABE/ASE teachers to understand. Despite this concern, there were many rich problems, especially the problems involving the history of pi and proof of the Pythagorean Theorem, that could be utilized by a GED class. Also many of the historical topics could be used by more advanced students as extensions to various mathematical topics.
Mathematics has fascinated the human race nearly as long as our existence. Some of the coincidences between numbers and their applications are incredibly neat, and some of the most deceptively simple ones continue to stump us and even our modern computers. Here are three famous math problems that people struggled with for a long time but were finally resolved, followed by two simple concepts that continue to boggle mankind's best minds.This set of famous math problems was developed ten years ago, but it has withstood the test of time (and use in my classrom with adult learners). It is a product of the well-established Math Forum, which originated at Swarthmore College and now resides at Drexel University. The problems exemplify problem-solving, both specifically for each problem and generally as a process ("What steps did mathematicians go through to solve these problems?" "To what extent did they rely on prior knowledge?" "Were the problems solved immediately, or did the solution come after much trial and error?")