Elin Oxenhielm, a 22-year-old mathematics student at Stockholm University, may have solved part of one of the science's great problems. Next week an article will be published revealing her solution for part of Hilbert's 16th problem, Swedish news agency TT reports.
Elin Oxenhielm pointing to the second part of Hilbert's 16th problem in this photo from her web page.
The set of 23 problems was put forward by Prussian mathematician David Hilbert in 1900 as challenges for the 20th century. Three remain unsolved, numbers 6,8 and 16.
Oxenhielm's solution pertains to a special version of the second part of problem 16, the 'boundary cycles for polynomial differential equations'.
The mathematical journal Nonlinear Analysis, published by Elsevier, has examined and endorsed Oxenhielm's solution and will publish it in their next issue.
Oxenhielm believes her method can be used to unlock the mystery of the entire 16th problem, newspaper Expressen repor
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