Diophantine equations and why they are hard

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Diophantine equations and why they are hard

Diophantine equations are polynomial equations whose solutions are required to be integer numbers. They have captured the attention of mathematicians during millennia and are at the center of much of contemporary research. Some Diophantine equations are easy, while some others are truly difficult. After some time spent with these equations, it might seem that no matter what powerful methods we learn or develop, there will always be a Diophantine equation immune to them, which requires a new trick, a better idea, or a refined technique. In this snapshot, we explain why.

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Mathematical subjects

Algebra and Number Theory

Connections to other fields

Computer Science


Hector Pasten


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Mathematical subjects

Algebra and Number Theory
Didactics and Education
Discrete Mathematics and Foundations
Geometry and Topology
Numerics and Scientific Computing
Probability Theory and Statistics

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