Guinean man solves 270 years old Maths puzzle

56-22Ibrahima Sambégou Diallo may have become the first African mathematician of the contemporary era to have elaborated a theorem.

This Guinean journalist who recently reconverted himself into mathematics has found the solution to the Goldbach’s conjecture, which is one of the oldest best unsolved mathematics problems of all times.

The Goldbach’s conjecture was elaborated 270 years ago by Christian Goldbach, tutor of the tsar Peter II, and employee in the Russian Foreign affairs’s ministry.

In 1742, Goldbach sent a letter to Euler, stating the Goldbach’s conjecture: “Every even integer greater than 2 can be expressed as the sum of two primes.” For instance, 6 = 3 + 3; 8 = 3 + 5; 10 = 3 + 7 = 5 + 5; 30 = 11 + 19 = 13 + 17; 100 = 17 + 83 … This mathematical problem was so hard to solve that it took 270 years, and hundreds of mathematicians around the globe working on it.

It took Ibrahima 14 years of hard work to finally come up with the answer; this projects him in the court of the great mathematicians of this world. He had been in contest with some well-known and well-supported American researchers.

Ibrahima Sambégou Diallo has been knocking at all doors to validate his work. Finding no support in his own country, Guinea, Ibrahima has decided to go to Dakar, Senegal to validate his results at the mathematics institute there. He hopes to find support so as to become the first contemporary African to have elaborated a theorem.

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