Arniepie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1540 times:

Apparently a Dutch student from the city of Eindhoven solved an age old mathematics problem, looked for by mathematicians as far back as the ancient Egyptians.
Anybody (maybe our Dutch friends) know anything more about it and care to elaborate?
Source (in Dutch)
www.gva.be/nieuws/in_de_rand/

P.S. I certainly hope this doesn't mean I can't make no "Dutch people are stupid"-jokes anymore with my brother in law (born and raised in Holland).

Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1507 times:

For those of us who don't read Dutch, could you please give us a summary of the problem, in laymen's terms?

Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19287 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1485 times:

A friend who was in some of my lectures at college is doing an MA or MSC in maths. How very odd she must be! I can barely add up 2+2 (the answer's 5, by the way), let alone anything beyond that.

[Edited 2004-09-13 01:58:26]

"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."

Arniepie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1478 times:

As far as I can understand he made up a formula with which u can determine the 0-points in every mathematical equasion.
As I have to translate this into English I hope it still makes sense for you.

Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 43
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1459 times:

EGGD -- something seems wrong with what you typed... I see x^4x^2, which would be x^6... Try typing it again.

Is it supposed to be (2x^4-x^4) (x^2-2x+3) / x^2+1 ?

redngold
(who's champing at the bit for some brain stimulation)

Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 43
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1452 times:

0-points in every mathematical equation... Huh? You're not talking about intercepts, are you? Those are fairly easy to find...

EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1442 times:

Hold on,

I'm absolutely knackered today so my brain isn't quite in gear..

2x^4 - x^3 + 4x^2 - 2x + 4 / x^2 - x + 1

Sorry I can't do you're 'pro' superscript, . Dividing a polynomial by a quadratic doesn't sit well with me.. Don't worry if you guys can't be bothered, I can* check my answer tomorrow.

Arniepie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1435 times:

Further info
The guy is called Geert-Jan Uytdewilligen ,a fourth year student in the Fontys-institute in Eindhoven.
Until now mathematicians where only able to solve Polynomes until the sixth degree but with his formula you can solve everything no matter which degree.
Sorry I didn't find an English link yet because it is still fresh news.

Flyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3840 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1402 times:

If nobody knows the answer except the Dutch kid, how do we know it's right?

EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1390 times:

FlyingBronco - Nice try, but obviously it can be proven by even the most mediocre of mathmatician. It takes a genius to work out a formula like this, but once its been found many people can prove it.

KEESJE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1257 times:

"That's what happens if you legalize prostitution and weed."

LOL

Actually, I graduated from Eindhoven in '95 & lived on top of a coffee shop for a few yrs there. I still remember the sweet smell in the kitchen when the window was open..

I didn't get very exited doing classes in the Math faculty, however I will send my comments on the matrixes to Eindhoven now, so they can further improve the polynomials in s after multiplying the denominator & substitute the powerseries more efficiently.

JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1174 times:

"That's what happens if you legalize prostitution and weed."

Yeah, the problem is the guy forgot where he left his notes.