A mathematician found a solution to the much-studied problem 33 = x³ + y³ + z³

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/03/26/a-mathematician-found-a-soluti.html

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Numberphile is one of my few YouTube subscriptions.

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We’re going to need a really big computer.

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42 also happens to be…The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything.

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Planet-sized, perhaps? I’ve heard about a really great designer - won an award for his fjords.

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Well obviously!

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thats-numberwang-002

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Oh that’s nothing, I’ve totally cracked the analogous first-order problem.

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Well, yeah, it’s not like I expected a builder to find it.

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Here’s a thing to share. Those of you with a Mac may not know that it comes with a large integer calculator, built in. Just open up Terminal, and then type in bc (stands for big calculator) and press enter.

Now you can paste in:

8866128975287528^3 + (-8778405442862239)^3 + (-2736111468807040)^3

Turns out he’s right! :wink:

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Came to check. Left satisfied.

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I was off by, like, -3.

  1. I knew it.
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On linux as well. I think it’s required by the posix standard to be there, so any unix really.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the version on a mac is just GNU bc. Or maybe a version that came with freebsd?

I think it is GNU bc, yeah. I love Linux! I’ve just kind of given up on thinking that anyone uses it on desktop.

I know there are some good diehards on this site, though. :wink:

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