Category Archives: number theory

A new tricubic sum for three!

Here’s a nice Numberphile interview with Andrew Booker about the new discovery. They also talk about Hilbert’s tenth problem, undecidability, the reasons for doing computer searches like this, the role of science communication (such as Numberphile) in spurring discovery, and … Continue reading

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Sums of cubes: multiple representations

I’m continuing a short series of posts on representing numbers as a sum of three cubes; previous posts are 33 is the sum of three cubes and More sums of three cubes. We now know that every number less than … Continue reading

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More sums of three cubes

About six months ago I wrote about the recent discovery that 33 can be written as the sum of three cubes. At that time, the only remaining number less than 100 whose status was still unknown was 42. And just … Continue reading

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Post without words #26

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Chinese Remainder Theorem proof

In my previous post I stated the Chinese Remainder Theorem, which says that if and are relatively prime, then the function is a bijection between the set and the set of pairs (remember that the notation means the set ). … Continue reading

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More words about PWW #25: The Chinese Remainder Theorem

In a previous post I made images like this: And then in the next post I explained how I made the images: starting in the upper left corner of a grid, put consecutive numbers along a diagonal line, wrapping around … Continue reading

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33 is the sum of three cubes

I’m a bit late to the party, but I find this fascinating: we now know (thanks to a discovery of Andrew R. Booker) that the number 33 can be written as the sum of three cubes. This may sound unremarkable, … Continue reading

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