Mathematicians have long grappled with the reality that some problems just don’t have solutions.
About the author
David S. Richeson is a professor of mathematics and the John J. & Ann Curley Faculty Chair in the Liberal Arts at Dickinson College. He is the author of Tales of Impossibility: The 2000-Year Quest to Solve the Mathematical Problems of Antiquity and Euler’s Gem: The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology.