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A Mathematical Challenge: The 3x+1 Problem

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The $3x+1$ problem, or Collatz problem, concerns the following seemingly innocent arithmetic procedure applied to integers: If an integer $x$ is odd then ''multiply by three and add one'', while if it is even then ''divide by two''. The $3x+1$ problem asks whether, starting from any positive integer, repeating this procedure over and over will eventually reach the number 1

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Hardcover, 344 pages
Published January 14th 2011 by American Mathematical Society(RI)
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http://bit-player.org/2011/dont-try-t... ahhhh the Collatz problem, you dirty old motherfucker. i wasted about three weeks of my life on this gnarly whore back in 2002, and made absolutely no progress, aieeeeee...
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