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Old 2009-12-12, 18:48   #8
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Originally Posted by maxal View Post
I guess that was the same guy who asked similar questions to a number of members of NMBRTHRY mailing list.
You are correct. He emailed me on August 11 saying that his name was Konstantin Smirnov and that he was a post-graduate student studying number theory in Moscow. Noam Elkies mentioned that he had been emailed this same question a dozen times from Mr. Smirnov. I shall cut off communication with Smirnov immediately. I'm glad I have a spam filter.

As a side-note: I have recently discussed the problem with Brian Conrad, Noam Elkies, and Bjorn Poonen, and they said there is no known method for proving that no solutions exist. However, there is most definitely a high likelihood that no solutions exist.

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