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I was looking at the paper Zum Hilbertschen Nullstellensatz [1] and wondered if there was a shorter mathematical paper than this one. A colleague of mine rumored about a number-theoretic paper where just a counterexample consisting of a few numbers is given, and he conjectured that it must be the shortest mathematical paper. However, we were unable to find it. I would be very curious to see it.

So, I am asking you for references to papers that are shorter at least than [1] and if possible, as short as said number-theoretic paper. Thanks a lot in advance. Also, I am sorry if this question is too far off-topic.

[1] J. L. Rabinowitsch, Zum Hilbertschen Nullstellensatz, Mathematische Annalen Volume 102, Number 1 (1929), 520.

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This should certainly be community wiki. This thread is closely related and gives examples of shorter papers:… – Michael Greinecker Apr 10 '13 at 9:33 contains a small list of very short papers (search "Nelson"). This link appears in this question:… – Mathieu Baillif Apr 10 '13 at 9:36
@Michael: Done and thanks, that thread's got some great examples. – Jesko Hüttenhain Apr 10 '13 at 9:39
@Martin Brandenburg: instead of your first link, do you mean… ? – Zsbán Ambrus Apr 10 '13 at 9:43

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Proofs without words claims “Conway and Soifer tried to set a record for least number of words in a mathematical paper.”

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