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Brocard problem

The Brocard problem is the problem of finding the integer solutions of the equation

 

    n! + 1 = m2

 

These solutions are called Brown numbers, and only three of them are known: (5, 4), (11, 5), and (71, 7). Paul Erdös conjectured that there are no others.

 

The problem was posed by Henri Brocard (1845–1921) in a pair of articles in 1876 and 1885, and independently in 1913 by Srinivasa Ramanujan.