42 is the new 33 – Numberphile

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42 is the only remaining (eligible) number below 100 which has not been represented as the sum of three cubes… 33 was cracked by Andrew Booker from the University of Bristol.
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The original 33 video: https://youtu.be/wymmCdLdPvM
The 74 cracked video: https://youtu.be/_-M_3oV75Lw
Casting out nines: https://youtu.be/FlndIiQa20o

Andrew Booker’s webpage: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/maths/people/andrew-r-booker/overview.html

Some of the papers we referenced…
Undecidability in number theory: http://www-math.mit.edu/~poonen/papers/h10_notices.pdf
The density of zeros of forms for which weak approximation fails: http://eprints.maths.ox.ac.uk/156/
Solutions of the Diophantine Equation: x^3+y^3+z^3=k: https://doi.org/10.1112/jlms/s1-30.1.101
Solutions of the Diophantine Equation x^3 + y^3 = z^3 – d: https://www.jstor.org/stable/2003763
Newer sums of three cubes: https://arxiv.org/abs/1604.07746

Early write-up of Booker’s work: https://people.maths.bris.ac.uk/~maarb/papers/cubesv1.pdf

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