%N The smaller of a pair of powerful numbers (A001694) that differ by 2.
%C Erdos conjectured that there aren't three consecutive powerful numbers and no examples are known. There are an infinite number of powerful numbers differing by 1. A requirement for three consecutive powerful numbers is a pair that differ by 2 (necessarily odd). These pairs are much more rare.
%C Sentance gives a method for constructing families of these numbers from the solutions of Pell equations x^2-my^2=1 for certain m whose square root has a particularly simple form as a continued fraction. Sentance's result can be generalized to any m such that A002350(m) is even. These m, which generate all consecutive odd powerful numbers, are in A118894. - _T. D. Noe_, May 04 2006
%D R. K. Guy, Unsolved Problems in Number Theory, B16
%H Max Alekseyev, <a href="/A076445/a076445.txt">Conjectured table of n, a(n) for n = 1..33</a> [These terms certainly belong to the sequence, but they are not known to be consecutive.]
%H R. A. Mollin and P. G. Walsh, <a href="http://www.emis.de/journals/HOA/IJMMS/Volume9_4/812820.pdf">On powerful numbers</a>, IJMMS 9:4 (1986), 801-806.
%H W. A. Sentance, <a href="http://www.jstor.org/stable/2320553">Occurrences of consecutive odd powerful numbers</a>, Amer. Math. Monthly, 88 (1981), 272-274.
%H Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics, <a href="http://mathworld.wolfram.com/PowerfulNumber.html">Powerful numbers</a>
%e 25=5^2 and 27=3^3 are powerful numbers differing by 2, so 25 is in the sequence.
%Y Cf. A001694.
%A _Jud McCranie_, Oct 15 2002
%E a(8)-a(10) from Geoffrey Reynolds (geoff(AT)hisplace.co.nz), Feb 15 2005
%E More terms from _T. D. Noe_, May 04 2006