Conjecture

Pronunciation: /kənˈdʒɛk tʃər/ Explain

A conjecture is a statement that has three attributes:[1]

  • The statement is consistent with known data. It is generally considered to likely be true.
  • The statement has not been proved true.
  • The statement has not been proved false.

If a statement has not been proved true or proved false, its truth value is unknown.

References

  1. Popper, Karl R.. Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge. 2nd edition. Routledge. August 9, 2002. Last Accessed 8/6/2018. Buy the book
  2. Schwarz, Dianne Driscoll. Conjecture and Proofs: An Introduction to Mathematical Thinking. Brook Cole. July 24, 1996. Last Accessed 8/6/2018. Buy the book

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McAdams, David E. Conjecture. 6/25/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/c/conjecture.html.

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