The Angel Problem - was the bet paid? - MathOverflow most recent 30 from http://mathoverflow.net 2013-06-20T05:32:46Z http://mathoverflow.net/feeds/question/16686 http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/rdf http://mathoverflow.net/questions/16686/the-angel-problem-was-the-bet-paid The Angel Problem - was the bet paid? Q.Q.J. 2010-02-28T15:17:55Z 2010-03-01T21:29:48Z <p>Did Conway pay the wager for either of the proofs to the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_problem" rel="nofollow">The Angel Problem</a>? </p> <p>I'd check in on this every now and again when it was an unsolved problem and would like to know how the story ends. Anyone know more details?</p> http://mathoverflow.net/questions/16686/the-angel-problem-was-the-bet-paid/16696#16696 Answer by REDace0 for The Angel Problem - was the bet paid? REDace0 2010-02-28T16:24:12Z 2010-02-28T16:24:12Z <p>According to Wikipedia, neither the proof that the 4-angel can win, nor the proof that a 2-angel can win, has been awarded the \$100 yet.</p> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_problem" rel="nofollow">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_problem</a></p> http://mathoverflow.net/questions/16686/the-angel-problem-was-the-bet-paid/16703#16703 Answer by domotorp for The Angel Problem - was the bet paid? domotorp 2010-02-28T17:16:58Z 2010-02-28T17:16:58Z <p>If I remember well Andras Mathe told me that the prize was supposed to be split to four parts which would have made it 25 each, so he decided to renounce his part.</p> http://mathoverflow.net/questions/16686/the-angel-problem-was-the-bet-paid/16704#16704 Answer by aorq for The Angel Problem - was the bet paid? aorq 2010-02-28T17:25:00Z 2010-03-01T21:29:48Z <p>Actually, until very recently, Conway didn't even believe his problem had been solved. (This despite the fact that multiple solutions have been published, some years ago by now, and the solutions had even been exposited at seminars at Princeton.)</p> <p>Only a few months ago did a few graduate students at Princeton convince him that the problem was solved. He was particularly excited when he heard about the "nice devil" (who never kills a square that could have been visited before).</p> <p>I have checked with Conway: the bet has not yet been paid. However, it will be soon. I will update this answer if and when it has been paid.</p>