# Goldbach Conjecture

## Contents

## Conjecture

Every even integer greater than $2$ is the sum of two primes.

### Marginal Conjecture

Every integer greater than $5$ can be written as the sum of three primes.

## Hilbert $23$

This problem is no. $8b$ in the Hilbert $23$.

## Also see

## Source of Name

This entry was named for Christian Goldbach.

## Historical Note

Christian Goldbach actually proposed what is now known as Goldbach's Marginal Conjecture in $1742$ in a letter to Leonhard Paul Euler. Euler then proposed this stronger conjecture.

It has been checked by computer for numbers up to at least $10^{18}$.

Partial results are given by Chen's Theorem and Vinogradov's Theorem.

## Sources

- 1982: P.M. Cohn:
*Algebra Volume 1*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): $\S 1.1$: The need for logic - 1986: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*... (previous) ... (next): $2$ - 1997: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): $2$ - 2008: Ian Stewart:
*Taming the Infinite*... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $7$: Patterns in Numbers