open question
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GIMPS has discovered a new largest known prime number: 282589933-1 (24,862,048 digits)

A result that we feel might be true is sometimes called an open question. We say "open question" rather than "conjecture" because mathematicians value the reputation of their intuition. It could be embarrassing to call something a conjecture (i.e., state you believe it is true) and then to be proven wrong.

See Also: Conjecture, Heuristic

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