• Goldbach's Conjecture: An Abstract

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    This 1 page paper provides an overview of an abstract of a research paper on the mathematician Christian Goldbach and his prime conjecture.

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    prime numbers, was based in the then accepted belief that 1 is a prime number. Since that time, alterations in Goldbachs conjecture have occurred as a result of the  change in conventions regarding the nature of the number one and the subsequent changes in central postulate of this conjecture. Imperative to an understanding of Goldbachs contribution to mathematical  thinking is the underlying elements that lead to his development of the conjecture, the transformation of the conjecture following changes in convention regarding the number 1, and the efforts to  prove or disprove Goldbachs conjecture, which have transformed Goldbachs ternary conjecture to the later versions, described as either strong or binary Goldbach conjecture. Because Goldbachs conjecture is based on  the assertion of statistical assessments and probability, the various efforts to prove or disprove Goldbachs conjecture are also valuable in understanding the transformation of mathematical thinking linked to the use  of viable proofs. This research study will assess the process by which Goldbach first introduced his conjecture and the influences on his thinking that  led to this development. This study will view the connection between Christian Goldbach and Leonhard Euler, as well as other mid 18th century mathematical thinkers. More substantively, though,  this study will define the transformation of Goldbachs conjecture over time and research the efforts of other mathematicians in proving or disproving Goldbachs theory. Research Paper Though mathematics  seems to be one of the most concrete and definable areas of study in the world, there remain a number of unanswerable questions that have plagued mathematicians for centuries.  Though some of these questions may go unanswered, conjectures like those of Goldbach may someday be proven through repeated efforts of many mathematicians and the emerging use of computer technologies. 

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