Life, the Universe, and Maths

For years, mathematicians have worked to demonstrate that x3+y3+z3 = k, where k is defined as the numbers from 1 to 100. This theory is true in all cases except for an unproven exception: 42.

By 2016 and over a million hours of computation later, researchers of the UK’s Advanced Computing Research Center had its solution for 42.

Sum of 3 cubes

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Puzzle Creation for Associations

For 20 years, Archimedes Lab has created visual puzzles for the association RMT (Rallye Mathématique Transalpin). You can use them for your personal projects or for your math class. Enjoy!
Depuis plus de 20 ans, Archimedes Lab crée des puzzles – qui sont utilisés comme des attestations – pour l’association RMT (Rallye Mathématique Transalpin). Merci de respecter les copyrights. Amusez-vous bien!
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Prime Square

3,139,971,973,786,634,711,391,448,651,577,269,485,891,759,419,122,938,744,591,877,656,925,789,747,974,914,319,422,889,611,373,939,731 produces reversible primes in each row, column and diagonal when distributed in a 10×10 square.
Diagram by HT Jens Kruse Andersen.

Prime Square

Wallace-Simson’s Line Theorem

The three blue points always lie on a straight line. The blue points are the closest points to the moving red point on the lines. In other words the blue points are the projections of the moving red point to the lines.

Simon line theorem

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The Kepler Triangle, Phi and Pi

A “Kepler triangle” is a right triangle having edge lengths in a geometric progression, in which the common ratio is √ϕ, where ϕ represents the golden ratio.
Well, let’s construct a square with side length √ϕ that inscribes a Kepler triangle, that is, a right triangle with edges 1 : √ϕ : ϕ (or approximately 1 : 1.272 : 1.618), as shown in the picture. Draw then the circumcircle of the Kepler triangle (highlighted in orange in the picture) whose diameter is the hypotenuse of the triangle.
Then, the perimeters of the square (4√ϕ≈5.0884) and the circle (πϕ≈5.083) coincide up to an error less than 0.1%. From this, we can get the approximation coincidence π≈4/√ϕ

Kepler triangle, phi and pi

Sprouts Game

All possible ways a game of “Sprouts” with two initial dots can evolve. Sprouts is a paper-and-pencil game that can be enjoyed simply by both adults and children.

sprout game

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