  Assignment 88

"One cannot escape the feeling that these mathematical formulae have an independent existence and intelligence of their own, that they are wiser than we are, wiser even then their discoverers." - (Heinrich Hertz, 1857-1894) Goldbach's Conjecture: In 1742, a mathematician named Goldbach came up with the following statement:

Every even integer larger than 2 can be written as the sum of two prime numbers.

Examples:
 16 = 5 + 11 28 = 11 + 19 56 = 3 + 53 114 = 17 + 97

Interestingly, no one has even been able to prove Goldbach's Conjecture. Since there are an infinite number of positive even integers, it is impossible to test all of them. If you can prove that Goldbach's Conjecture is true for all even numbers, you will be famous in the mathematical world. Why did Herkimer refuse to throw his watch into the garbage? Answer: He didn't want to waste time.

Herky wants to know:

As long as there are tests in schools, why shouldn't prayer be allowed?

Would a skydiver believe the saying "If at first you don;t succeed, try again?"

Does old age come at a bad time?

ASSIGNMENT #88 