A conjecture is a proposition that is unproven. Karl Popper pioneered the use of the term "conjecture" in scientific philosophy. Conjecture is contrasted by hypothesis (hence theory, axiom, principle), which is a testable statement based on accepted grounds. In mathematics, a conjecture is an unproven proposition that appears correct.
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... Not every conjecture ends up being proven true or false ... The continuum hypothesis, which tries to ascertain the relative cardinality of certain infinite sets, was eventually shown to be undecidable (or independent) from the generally accepted set of axioms of set theory ...
... the study of diophantine approximation, the lonely runner conjecture is a conjecture originally due to J ... Applications of the conjecture are widespread in mathematics they include view obstruction problems and calculating the chromatic number of distance graphs and ... The conjecture was given its picturesque name by L ...
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