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Collatz Proof Proposed: Hailstone Sequences End In 1 90

Posted by timothy
from the baseball-hailstones-also-a-tough-problem dept.
mikejuk writes "A proof [preprint PDF] has been proposed for the Collatz conjecture about hailstone sequences. A hailstone sequence starts from any positive integer n the next number in the sequence is n/2 if n is even and 3n+1 if n is odd. The conjecture is that this simple sequence always ends in one. Simple to state but very difficult to prove and it has taken more than 60 years to get close to a solution."
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Collatz Proof Proposed: Hailstone Sequences End In 1

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