A little background:

Say you have a pythagorean triple, which is a diophantine solution to the pythagorean theorem:

$\displaystyle a^2 + b^2 = c^2 $

Each of these square numbers can be represented as a sum of odd consecutive integers starting at 1. For example;

$\displaystyle a^2 = 1 + 3 + 5 + ... + a$_o$$

Where $\displaystyle a$_o$$ is the $\displaystyle a$_t_h$$ odd number in the consecutive sum.

With a little work, we can see that:

$\displaystyle a^2 = (b+1)$_o$ + (b+2)$_o$ + ... + c$_o$$

$\displaystyle b^2 = (a+1)$_o$ + (a+2)$_o$ + ... + c$_o$$

By solving for $\displaystyle a^2$ and $\displaystyle b^2$ respectively.

Basically, we see that there are 2 partitions in $\displaystyle c^2$ that don't start at 1, but end in $\displaystyle c$_0$$ that equal both $\displaystyle a^2$ and $\displaystyle b^2$

A simple example would be the Pythagorean Triple {3, 4, 5},

$\displaystyle 5^2 = 1 + 3 + 5 + [7 + [9]]$

The partitions include $\displaystyle [7+9]$ which is $\displaystyle 4^2$ and $\displaystyle [9]$ which is $\displaystyle 3^2$.

the above partitionsonlyoccur in Pythagorean triples.

Now, lets extend this concept to another set of Diophantine equations:

$\displaystyle a^2 + b^2 = x^2$

$\displaystyle a^2 + c^2 = y^2$

$\displaystyle b^2 + c^2 = z^2$

$\displaystyle a^2 + b^2 + c^2 = R^2$

A solution to this set of equations would represent the sides and diagonals of a perfect cuboid.

Using the same method as before, we easily see that:

$\displaystyle a^2 = (z+1)$_o$ + ... + R$_o$$

$\displaystyle b^2 = (y+1)$_o$ + ... + R$_o$$

$\displaystyle c^2 = (x+1)$_o$ + ... + R$_o$$

$\displaystyle x^2 = (c+1)$_o$ + ... + R$_o$$

$\displaystyle y^2 = (b+1)$_o$ + ... + R$_o$$

$\displaystyle z^2 = (a+1)$_o$ + ... + R$_o$$

There aresixpartitions in $\displaystyle R$_o$$ that don't start with 1, but end with $\displaystyle R$_o$$

Therefore, if perfect cuboids exist, there must exist a square number $\displaystyle R^2 = 1 + 3 + ... + R$_o$$ such that there are six partitions that also equal perfect squares.

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