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Re: Re: Mathematica Publication Question

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  • Subject: [mg25115] Re: [mg25069] Re: Mathematica Publication Question
  • From: Jack Goldberg <jackgold at>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 03:14:37 -0400 (EDT)
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Could he have been refering to Hale's solution of the Kepler conjecture
involving packing spheres?  He (actually his doctoral student, Ferguson)
used Mathematica as an integral part of the argument.


On Thu, 7 Sep 2000, Stephen Speicher wrote:

> On 3 Sep 2000, Stephen Speicher wrote:
> > On a physics newsgroup, the following was written:
> > 
> >    "Recently a mathematician submitted a classic problem
> >     to Mathematica, one thought to have no closed-form
> >     solution. After churning away for eight hours, the
> >     program created a publishable result.  When he
> >     published the result, the mathematician in question
> >     courageously admitted how he acquired it."
> > 
> > I personally asked the author for documentation of this, but he
> > was unable to recall the source. Does anyone have some facts
> > about this, or about a similar use of Mathematica?
> > 
> To be clear here, I'm not asking about work such as McCune's EQP
> proof of the Robbins conjuecture, for which Mathematica was later
> used to better understand and visualize the proof. The assertion
> quoted above is for Mathematica itself to have solved a "classic
> problem" for which no closed-form solution" was known.
> Stephen
> sjs at
> You can always tell a pioneer by the arrows in his back.
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