What are the goals of this project?
Mathematicians love theory or disproving theory. What better incentive than a share of a Million Dollars? Our goal to to help you do both.
An ancient theory, Fermat's Last Theorem, states that A^x+B^x=C^x. This was proven in 1994 . However, Texas number theory enthusiast 'Andy' Beal in 1993 submitted the results of thousands of cumulative hours of computerize data collection. His data suspected that A^x+B^y=C^z (note unique exponents) might also be impossible with co-prime bases. While certainly not conclusive, with his results, there was sufficient reason to share his discovery. He and others felt the need for further proof. Therefore, the Beal Prize of $1,000,000.
My goal as your Captain, is to utilize the advances in computer science to maximize the speed and volume by which can prove that Beal's Conjecture is false.
Want to get involved? Check out our Beal's Treasure Finder 3.0. No Skills required!
Why is this research important?
Demonstration of a the solution of a false case will be a great step forward in the field of mathematics, number theory and computer science. This project is a crowd computed project where each individual gets a 'chunk' of the problem to solve at a time. A 'chunk' is given in the form of (x, y) coordinates. For example if (x, y) = (2, 4) then the equation would be tested as A^2 + B^4 = C^z. This is tested for all values of A and B from 1 to a set number (currently 10000). This process is then repeated again and again for all values of x and y until either Captain Joe grows old or a solution is found.
The network will have the ability to scale to vast sizes and speeds to cover the greatest number of possible solutions, in the shortest amount of time, using the crowd computing method. This is similar to other projects such as SETI@Home, Folding@Home or Electric Sheep. Hopefully, with a large enough computational network, a solution will emerge that disproves Beal's Conjecture.
How will the funds be used?
The Project will provide a website where users can join in the search for Beal's Treasure. Even though math is fun, no math skills needed! Funds will support the expenses of domain and web server for 3 years, including hardware, networking and software upgrades. Additional funds will go to advertising to increase the size of the network and financing new research involving massively parallel crowd computing.