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What analytic tools can provide a lower bound for this Diophantine equation?

The resolution of the Diophantine equation $$m! = n(n+1)$$ was asked on M.SE. My intuition says that this cannot be solved by elementary means - apologies if I am mistaken. I felt that the following ...
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Representations with Triangular Numbers

A well known theorem of Gauss says that any natural number $n$ may be written as the sum of three triangular numbers - $$ n={a_{1} \choose 2}+{a_{2} \choose 2}+{a_{3} \choose 2} $$ The following ...
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Growth of $n=n(k)$ for which there's a non-trivial solution to $x_1^k+\cdots+x_n^k=y^k$?

Walter Hayman just asked me the following question. What, if anything, is known about the growth of the function $n(k)$, where $k\geq1$ is an integer, and $n=n(k)\geq2$ is the smallest integer for ...
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Lower bounds on the easier Waring problem

The easier Waring problem asks for the least number $v=v(k)$ such that every every integer is a sum of $v$ $k$'th powers with signs, i.e. every $n\in \mathbb{N}$ is of the form $$n=x_1^k\pm ...
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An asymptotic expression for the solution to the squares problem suggested by statistical mechanics

The $s$ squares problem is to count the number $r_s (n)$ of integer solutions $(x_1,x_2,...,x_s)$ of the Diophantine equation $x_{1}^{2}+x_{2}^{2}+...+x_{s}^{2}=n$ in which changing the sign or ...