Mathematicians Open New Front on Ancient Number Problem

Mathematicians Open New Front on Ancient Number Problem
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As a high school student in the mid-1990s, Pace Nielsen encountered a mathematical question that he's still struggling with to this day. But he doesn't feel bad: The problem that captivated him, called the odd perfect number conjecture, has been around for more than 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest unsolved problems in mathematics.

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