What is Beal's Conjecture?
Beal's Conjucture was created in 1993 by banker Andrew Beal while investigating number theory. A conjucture is a mathematical idea that appears correct although no one is sure. In our case Beal's Conjucture can become accepted as proven through mathematical proofs or disproven through finding a counterexample. Here on our treasure hunt, we are looking for a counterexample to disprove Beal's Conjucture.
Beal's Conjucture relies on a main formula:
A, B, and C are all positive whole numbers.
x, y, and z are all positive whole numbers greater than two.
When these conditions are met, Beal's Conjucture says that A, B, and C all have a common prime factor.
Having a common prime factor is the same as saying that the greatest common divisor of A, B, and C is one.
The program that runs when you click "Search!" is trying lots of various combinations of numbers for A, B, C, x, y, and z.
Your computer could be the one to find just the right combination.