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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Apparently Professor Penny Smith of Lehigh University has a solution to the Navier-Stokes equations.

If true, this will not only earn a 1 Million Dollar prize from the Clay Institute, but will make it a lot easier to solve problems in Fluid Mechanics, which will benefit all kinds of things, such as boats, planes, cars, weather prediction and more.

A good blog on this is: http://scienceblogs.com/goodmath/2006/10/navierstokes_another_historic_1.php

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**simron****Real Member**- Registered: 2006-10-07
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What are the Navier-Stokes equations?

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**Patrick****Real Member**- Registered: 2006-02-24
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The provided link will tell you what it's about...

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navier-Stokes

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**mikau****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-22
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Basicly what she did was find a solution to a never before solved differential equation.

I was suprised to find out it was a girl that did it. Remarkable! I didn't know ANY girls liked math! lol..but seriously, how many math theorems were actually created by women? Its a pity more girls don't like math. Who knows? Maybe some problems just require a womans touch to solve!

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**polylog****Member**- Registered: 2006-09-28
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It seems like the paper proves the *existence of a solution*, more specifically the existence of an 'immortal smooth solution' (whatever that is)... is this enough for the prize?

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**polylog****Member**- Registered: 2006-09-28
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Ok reading the problem stament it seems that is what the prize requires! Awesome.

However, its a bit confusing, as it seems the equation is not actually solved -- it's a proof of the existence of smooth solutions -- does this actually help in practical applications?

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**cray****Member**- Registered: 2006-10-05
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It may sound like a trivial comment to some or most people, but I can see that it will also have implications in advanced computer games and simulations. The object of which is usualy to provide a more realistic virtual experience.

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**polylog****Member**- Registered: 2006-09-28
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The author has withdrawn the solution !!

http://motls.blogspot.com/2006/10/immortal-smooth-solution-withdrawn.html

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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Ah, that's a shame. No million dollars for her.

Still, it's possible that she can just tweak her current proof a bit to make it work properly. She probably won't have to start completely again.

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**cray****Member**- Registered: 2006-10-05
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Why doesnt she just ask the people who designed 3DSMax and Maya, or Lightwave?, They have been solving that stuff for years

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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I'd imagine that those people would use approximations in order to simplify the maths of it, whereas she wants to find the exact answer.

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It wanted to be normal.

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**mikau****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-22
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and supposedly the approximations are pretty time consuming. A formula for the exact answer would most likely be faster, and more accurate.

A logarithm is just a misspelled algorithm.

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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And knowing an exact answer could lead on to other breakthroughs!

What a pity she wasn't right, but she may have pointed the way.

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**Patrick****Real Member**- Registered: 2006-02-24
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I thought about this topic when I saw the news the other day. There was a danish, female, professor. Believe it or not, it was another Professor Smith. A female professor called Smith, what are the odds?

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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The odds are:

or thereabouts.

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**luca-deltodesco****Member**- Registered: 2006-05-05
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MathsIsFun wrote:

The odds are:

or thereabouts.

at an improbability factor 1.2456 to the power of negative 10000! my my.

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