[FOM] Prime values of polynomials

joeshipman@aol.com joeshipman at aol.com
Thu Feb 28 16:24:00 EST 2008

I have read that no integer-coefficient polynomials of degree >1 are 
known to take infinitely many prime values; conjecturally, all the 
irreducible ones do.

This is a nice example, but it's not so easy to tell whether a 
polynomial is irreducible.

Can anyone provide a comparably simple example of a property which is 
believed to hold for all integers, but which is not known to hold for 
any? (Alternatively, I'll accept an example of a property which is 
conjectured to hold for all members of a set X but is not known to hold 
for any, where X is easier to recognize than "irreducible polynomials 
of degree >1" even if X is not as easy to recognize as the integers 

-- JS

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