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A079611 Waring's problem: conjectured values for G(n), the smallest number m such that every sufficiently large number is the sum of at most m n-th powers of positive integers. 8
1, 4, 4, 16, 6, 9, 8, 32, 13, 12, 12, 16, 14, 15, 16, 64, 18, 27, 20, 25 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)



The only certain values are G(1) = 1, G(2) = 4 and G(4) = 16.

See A002804 for the simpler problem of Waring's original conjecture, which does not restrict the bound to "sufficiently large" numbers. - M. F. Hasler, Jun 29 2014


G. H. Hardy and E. M. Wright, An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers, 5th ed., Oxford Univ. Press, 1979, th. 395 (shows G(4) >= 16).

R. C. Vaughan and T. D. Wooley, Waring's problem: a survey, pp. 285-324 of Surveys in Number Theory (Urbana, May 21, 2000), ed. M. A. Bennett et al., Peters, 2003.


Table of n, a(n) for n=1..20.

H. Davenport, On Waring's problem for fourth powers, Annals of Mathematics, 40 (1939), 731-747. [Shows that G(4) <= 16.)

Wikipedia, Waring's Problem.

Trevor D. Wooley, On Waring's problem for intermediate powers, arXiv:1602.03221 [math.NT], 2016.


It is known that every sufficiently large number is the sum of 16 fourth powers, and 16 is the smallest number with this property, so a(4) = G(4) = 16. (The numbers 16^k*31 are not the sum of fewer than 16 fourth powers.)


Cf. A002376, A002377, A002804, A174406.

Sequence in context: A127473 A289625 A040004 * A246763 A319070 A227074

Adjacent sequences:  A079608 A079609 A079610 * A079612 A079613 A079614




N. J. A. Sloane, Jan 28 2003; entry revised Jun 29 2014.



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