The Unsolved Math Problem:
Sometimes urban legends are true, and Snopes has the scoop on a particularly interesting one (interesting at least to those interested in math). Thanks to Zincro for the link.
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The Unsolved Math Problem:
Sometimes urban legends are true, and Snopes has the scoop on a particularly interesting one (interesting at least to those interested in math). Thanks to Zincro for the link.

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I'd heard of this. It'd be nice if Snopes had displayed this info more prominently; there are several problems in mathematics that can be proved unsolvable.
Dantzig was the first to work out the simplex algorithm, which solves the linear programming problem.
I've also heard the story told with Charles Fefferman as the student. I think it's truly happened more than once.
The most famous recent list of open problems may be found here. Note that the Poincaré Conjecture is now solved.
Polya said he presented an unsolvable equation at the beginning of one of his classes that Johnny had solved by the end. Polya writes somewhere that von Neumann was the only student he was truly scared of.
Funny how both a Millenium Prize Problem (the Poincaré Conjecture) and a Hilbert Problem (number X, incidentally also related to Millenium Problem #7) were solved by kids from the same high school (see here)
I like that blog entry by my brother, if only because he refers to the WignerEkhart theorem (which I don't know, BTW) as "one of my alltime favorite theorems," which really gins up the nerd factor.