June 7th, 2014, 04:56 AM  #21 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: zagreb, croatia Posts: 234 Thanks: 33 Math Focus: philosophy/found of math, metamath, logic, set/category/order/number theory, algebra, topology 
A few years ago I thought I found the Holly GrailRiemann hypothesis. But at least I found I didn't found it in a day.

June 7th, 2014, 05:51 PM  #22  
Member Joined: Feb 2012 From: Hastings, England Posts: 83 Thanks: 14 Math Focus: Problem Solving  Quote:
Just thinking of things like Gauss's summation of the numbers from 1100, and the fact that people like Galois did the most amazing work very young. Never get dispirited, after all, they say maths is a young person's game, the fact that you are following ideas like this at your age is great, enjoy maths, it is a weird and wonderful creature. Well done on a great attempt, wish I had been that on the ball when I was 14 Last edited by skipjack; June 7th, 2014 at 07:31 PM.  
June 7th, 2014, 06:28 PM  #23 
Math Team Joined: Jul 2011 From: North America, 42nd parallel Posts: 3,372 Thanks: 233 
Yep , new discoveries can come from anywhere. (But it's getting harder due to computers) In 1866 a 16 year old found the amicable pair (1184 , 1210) which all the great mathematicians up to that time had missed. The Prime Glossary: amicable numbers 

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