Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Happy Birthday, Christian ... again

Today Two months ago in 1690 Christian Goldbach was born, in Königsberg, part of Brandenburg-Prussia. I'm not sure how this post got here!

His famous conjecture:
Every even integer greater than 3 can be written as the sum of two primes
remains unproved (though intuitively obvious), but he's also remembered for the the Goldbach–Euler theorem (also known as Goldbach's theorem), which states that the sum of 1/(p − 1) over the set of perfect powers p, excluding 1 and omitting repetitions, converges to 1. (The perfect powers are 4, 8, 9, 16, 25, 27 - whole numbers which are other whole numbers raised to a power (squared, cubed, etc).) So the theorem is that 1/3 + 1/7 + 1/8 + 1/15 + 1/24 ... = 1.

Whoo! Math! It kills me, but I love it (abstractly).



At 8:13 AM, May 28, 2011 Anonymous Anonymous had this to say...

The amazing thing is that this guy had two birthdays every year. March 18 *and* May 18. Well, according to your blog, anyway. :-)

(I checked because I remember commenting on this post before, and it certainly wasn't a year ago.)

At 3:34 PM, May 28, 2011 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Gadzooks. How did this happen??


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