See page 400 of "Gödel Escher Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter.Originally Posted byThePerfectHacker

A number for which such a exists is called Wondrous Number.

The conjecture that all numbers are Wondrous is I believe still open.

RonL

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- May 9th 2006, 08:06 PM #1

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what does mean? are there any books where I can learn about proofs, but are at a high school level? I can write a simple computer program to determine if a number is wondrous or not (at least is sounds simple). I will post the code sometime, when i have a chance to write the program.

- May 10th 2006, 06:43 AM #4

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Originally Posted by**c_323_h**

(from Zahlen - German for number?).

denotes the set of all positive integers , (also )

Are there any books where I can learn about proofs, but are at a high school level?

"Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction"

Tim Gowers

ISBN-10: 0-19-285361-9

I can write a simple computer program to determine if a number is wondrous or not (at least is sounds simple). I will post the code sometime, when i have a chance to write the program.

ever terminate.

RonL

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Originally Posted by**CaptainBlack**

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- May 12th 2006, 10:36 PM #10

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Originally Posted by**ThePerfectHacker**

numbers.

Consider , this is obviously -wondrous.

So there is at least one Wondrous number for every .

Hence there are an infinite number of Wondrous numbers.

RonL

- May 12th 2006, 11:49 PM #11
Before you spend a lot of time on this famous problem, you should probably look at some of the resources listed in the ODP.

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Originally Posted by**ThePerfectHacker**

- May 13th 2006, 09:38 AM #13

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Originally Posted by**SkyWatcher**

proof of Collatz's, conjecture is wrong? (this is the first link on the page given

in rgep's post - I must say that on a cursory examination it looks wrong)

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- May 14th 2006, 08:06 PM #14

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Originally Posted by**SkyWatcher**

For anybody else, who does not understand the joke it is private. I once answered a lot of questions all of which where solved with continued fractions. SkyWatcher was obsessed with them ever since. Now he made that remark as if to tease me to solve this problem with continued fractions too.

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