

A046881


Smallest number that is sum of 2 positive distinct nth powers in 2 different ways.


13




OFFSET

1,1


COMMENTS

Randy Ekl discovered that a number that can be written in two ways as a sum of two fifth powers exceeds 4.01*10^30 and one that can be written in two ways as a sum of two sixth powers exceeds 7.25*10^26.  R. J. Mathar, Sep 07 2017
According to the Mathworld links below, a(5) and a(6), if they exist, exceed 1.02*10^26 and 7.25*10^26, respectively. The page at the SquaresOfCubes link below says Stuart Gascoigne did an exhaustive search and found in Sep 2002 that no a(5) solution less than 3.26*10^32 exists. My exhaustive search has determined that any solutions for n > 5, if they exist, must exceed 2^96 (about 7.92*10^28).  Jon E. Schoenfield, Dec 15 2008


REFERENCES

R. Alter, Computations and generalizations on a remark of Ramanujan, pp. 182196 of "Analytic Number Theory (Philadelphia, 1980)", ed. M. I. Knopp, Lect. Notes Math., Vol. 899, 1981.


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EXAMPLE

5 = 1^1 + 4^1 = 2^1 + 3^1;
65 = 1^2 + 8^2 = 4^2 + 7^2;
1729 = 1^3 + 12^3 = 9^3 + 10^3; etc.


MATHEMATICA

(* This naive program is not convenient for n > 3 *) r[n_, k_] := Reduce[0 < x < y && x^n + y^n == k, {x, y}, Integers]; a[n_] := Catch[ For[ k = 1, True, k++, rk = r[n, k]; If[rk =!= False, If[ Head[rk] == Or && Length[rk] == 2, Print["n = ", n, ", k = ", k]; Throw[k]]]]]; Table[a[n], {n, 1, 3}] (* JeanFrançois Alcover, Jul 30 2013 *)


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KEYWORD

nonn,nice,hard,more


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STATUS

approved



