A Guinean solves a 270 years old Mathematics Problem

Ibrahima Sambegou Diallo (Credit: Creative Commons)
Ibrahima Sambegou Diallo (Credit: Creative Commons)

Ibrahima Sambégou Diallo may have become the first African mathematician of the contemporary era to have elaborated a theorem.  This Guinean journalist who recently reconverted himself into mathematics has found the solution to the Goldbach’s conjecture, which is one of the oldest best unsolved mathematics problems of all times.  The Goldbach’s conjecture was elaborated 270 years ago by Christian Goldbach, tutor of the tsar Peter II, and employee in the Russian Foreign affairs’s ministry.  In 1742, Goldbach sent a letter to Euler, stating the Goldbach’s conjecture: “Every even integer greater than 2 can be expressed as the sum of two primes.” For instance, 6 = 3 + 3; 8 = 3 + 5; 10 = 3 + 7 = 5 + 5; 30 = 11 + 19 = 13 + 17; 100 = 17 + 83 … This mathematical problem was so hard to solve that it took 270 years, and hundreds of mathematicians around the globe working on it.

It took Ibrahima 14 years of hard work to finally come up with the answer; this projects him in the court of the great mathematicians of this world.  He had been in contest with some well-known and well-supported American researchers.  Ibrahima Sambégou Diallo has been knocking at all doors to validate his work.  Finding no support in his own country, Guinea, Ibrahima has decided to go to Dakar to validate his results at the mathematics institute there. He hopes to find support so as to become the first contemporary African to have elaborated a theorem.  For the full article, go to diasporas-noires.com.

34 thoughts on “A Guinean solves a 270 years old Mathematics Problem

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  3. Edith Jackson

    Wonderful accomplishment, and great reporting! I will share your info with Runoko Rashidi, Cab Kabaila,, whose email addresses I will look up since they post on the African diaspora, culture and science. This info is needed to inform public school systems, especially those with Afrodescendant youngsters.
    Best wishes, Edith


  4. qwuasi

    just write an article and publish on arXiv (for free)…no need seeking to confirm your ideas from sources. Once it appears on arXiv, you can consider searching for someone from the field to proof-read.

    all the bests.


  5. beautifuleemade

    Reblogged this on BeautifuLee_Made and commented:
    I think that this goes far beyond the curse of commitment. 14 years to find the answer to an unsolved problem, the thirst for knowledge, the courage to be wrong numerous time. I know plenty of people who wouldn’t spend 14 minutes


  6. generalkimpavita1

    As a daughter of the Kongo, such a story lifted my spirits but more importantly is a reminder of where it all started. We need to hear and to be reminded of these contemporary examples of our African heritage. I simply must say…Thank you. Peace.


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  12. Warner

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  13. Arriyaf

    Proud to be African is ok. But it should be for the right reason. M. Diallo still has not provided a proof (his first announcement dates from 2011, we’re in 2015 now). He is about to be entered in the (very) long list of stupid people who have claimed to have solved the Goldbach conjecture before having the proof verified (simply posting it on a math website would have yielded results in a few weeks). By spreading the rumour of his “discovery”, unwanted attention has been attracted to Africa. M. Diallo, by publicly criticising his home country’s University for not recognising his (false) “accomplishment” has damaged the image of African science. Shame!


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