The Shortest-Known Paper Published in a Serious Math Journal: Two Succinct Sentences

in Math | April 13th, 2015

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Euler’s conjecture, a theory proposed by Leonhard Euler in 1769, hung in there for 200 years. Then L.J. Lander and T.R. Parkin came along in 1966, and debunked the conjecture in two swift sentences. Their article — which is now open access and can be downloaded here — appeared in the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society. If you’re wondering what the conjecture and its refutation are all about, you might want to ask Cliff Pickover, the author of 45 books on math and science. He brought this curious document to the web last week.

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  1. Dan Loeb says . . .
    April 15, 2015 / 5:54 am

    This article is even shorter: On a conjecture of R. J. Simpson about exact covering congruences
    Author: Doron Zeilberger Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA
    Published in: American Mathematical Monthly archive
    Volume 96 Issue 3, March 1989 Page 243

    Here is a longer version of the same article:

  2. Amarashiki says . . .
    April 15, 2015 / 2:04 pm

    My contribution to this topic:

    Short post, short papers, enjoy! LOG#170. The shortest papers ever: the list.

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