# Famous mathematics problem remains unsolved

Let us add that there are many other initiatives which were created for the purpose of pure entertainment, but which nevertheless have contributed to popularize mathematics. These include, for instance: -- The weekly television series "Numbers", with over 11 million viewers, which shows that mathematics can end up being very useful in solving crime mysteries. -- The Simpsons', a comic show on television, whose creators have a degree in mathematics from Harvard. One will notice that in the dialog, some famous math problems emerge, such as Fermat's Last Theorem and a discussion on perfect numbers, narcissitic numbers and Mersenne primes, all important number theory features.

## We look at famous math problems, both unsolved and solved

### The World's Most Famous Math Problem - Goodreads

This set of famous math problems was developed ten years ago, but it has withstood the test of time (and use in my classrom with adult learners). It is a product of the well-established Math Forum, which originated at Swarthmore College and now resides at Drexel University. The problems exemplify problem-solving, both specifically for each problem and generally as a process ("What steps did mathematicians go through to solve these problems?" "To what extent did they rely on prior knowledge?" "Were the problems solved immediately, or did the solution come after much trial and error?")

### The World's Most Famous Math Problem has 21 ratings and 4 reviews

In my experience, these math problems are best used by small groups of adult learners with some direction by teacher, tutor, or other facilitator. The website is not as highly interactive as more recent products, but the information is valuable and the author's approach is refreshing. Through guided work on any one of these famous math problems in the history of mathematics, learners will develop confidence in their abilities to do tackle problems that initially may seem "too hard". The problems lead to further discussion and investigation. ("What else was going on at the time this math problem was being solved?" "Where is Konigsberg, with the famous bridges"? "How long ago did Zeno live-a problem in negative numbers!")