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June 7th, 2014, 04:56 AM   #21
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A few years ago I thought I found the Holly Grail-Riemann hypothesis. But at least I found I didn't found it in a day.
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June 7th, 2014, 05:51 PM   #22
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All I would say is that at 14 you are unlikely to shake the foundations of any part of mathematics. If you think you have found something that does, you have probably made a mistake somewhere. So perhaps asking what is wrong would be better than claiming a new discovery.
Hey man, I am nowhere near you guys' level when it comes to mathematical ability, but I am quite well read on the history on mathematics, and I just think we should be a bit more supportive, after all there is no reason why a 14 year old couldn't find something no one ever has before.

Just thinking of things like Gauss's summation of the numbers from 1-100, 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
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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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