March 22nd, 2017, 09:16 PM  #11 
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2016 From: Australia Posts: 984 Thanks: 347 Math Focus: Yet to find out. 
Not sure where your last post went. However, we live in exciting times for sure.

March 22nd, 2017, 09:22 PM  #12 
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March 22nd, 2017, 09:31 PM  #13 
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2016 From: Australia Posts: 984 Thanks: 347 Math Focus: Yet to find out.  
March 23rd, 2017, 04:57 AM  #14 
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I think this two ways: Either you have the correct proof of the conjecture (which I really doubt, not even a great mathematician like Erdos could solve it during his life) and you dont dare to share it to the community, which implies scruitinity over your work and criticism by the rest of scientists, so in some sense you are avoiding that by not publishing it to a journal; or secondly, you think you have proved it but there is an error in the proof, which is the most likely option in this case. I dont want to say your work is useless, probably it has good ideas and approaches to the problem, but the experience in these cases always tells the proof contains an error somewhere. In conclusion, if you really think your proof is correct, dont be afraid to share it with the scientific community by publication in a journal, thats the best thing you can do. 
March 23rd, 2017, 05:00 AM  #15 
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I think most academics would say that it is best to get the proof out there with your name on it. You then have a public demonstration of priority and the opportunity for peer review.

March 23rd, 2017, 05:17 AM  #16  
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You are in effect asking us to trust you, not vice versa. I agree with Archie. To prove that your alleged proof is valid, you must publish it somewhere so that the allegation can be assessed. Moreover publication in an open forum is a reasonable way to stake a claim to discovery. Many of the disputes about priority have involved initially private discussions among a small number of people.  
March 23rd, 2017, 11:32 AM  #17 
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Go ArXiv, make a registration, then try to submit, but you've to be very carefull since they require PHD stile presentation... Good luck, Ciao Stefano 
March 23rd, 2017, 12:23 PM  #18 
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The standard method of validly time stamping something is to snail mail it to yourself in a sealed envelope and the time stamp given by the post office will be accepted as proof. I suppose you could also have a notary public attest to the fact that you placed a document in a sealed envelope at a given time and date. That will be pricier. Another method could be to encrypt the document and post the encrypted file to a public site. That should get you a valid timestamp w/o anyone becoming aware of its contents. Once timestamped, you can then post the doc to public forums for analysis. Last edited by skipjack; April 1st, 2017 at 09:17 AM. 
March 23rd, 2017, 05:51 PM  #19 
Newbie Joined: Feb 2017 From: Bay Area, US Posts: 5 Thanks: 0 Math Focus: 3x+1 
I would say posting it here is a good plan since it has a trusted time/date stamp to it. It also has a community that understands and cares about math. Although I doubt it's correct since it's been five years and nobody has come up with the idea you have. It may have interesting insight into the problem though which will add to the seriously massive amount of data on this conjecture.

March 30th, 2017, 10:57 PM  #20 
Member Joined: Mar 2017 From: Nairobi, Kenya. Posts: 98 Thanks: 2 Math Focus: Number theory 
I have decided to post it.


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