# Steinhaus' Problem

In his popular book, *One Hundred Problems in Elementary Mathematics*, the famous Polish mathematician Hugo Steinhaus posed the problem (#6 in my Russian translation) of finding 10 numbers in the closed interval

The applet may help you experiment with the problem. To the left of the axis that represents the segment

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### References

- H. Steinhaus,
*One Hundred Problems in Elementary Mathematics*, Dover Publications, 1979

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Copyright © 1996-2017 Alexander BogomolnyIn the solution section, Steinhaus proved a result by Schinzel that for

Berlekamp and Graham proved in 1970 a generalization that implies M. Warmus' theorem. R. Guy has included an example in his 1990 Mathematics Magazine article.

The story with a solution for n = 14 has been included into the section devoted to number 17 in J. Roberts' *Lure of the Integers*.

For n = 10, Steinhaus gives two solutions:

- .95, .05, .34, .74, .58, .17, .45, .87, .26, .66
- .06, .55, .77, .39, .96, .28, .64, .13, .88, .48

The latter sequence can be augmented by .19, .71, .35, .82 to give a solution for

- .19, .96, .55, .39, .77, .06, .64, .28, .88, .48, .13, .71, .35, .82.

From [Guy] we get a solution for

- .71, .09, .42, .85, .27, .54, .925, .17, .62, .355, .78, .03, .48, .97, .22, .66, .32.

### References

- E. R. Berlekamp, R. L. Graham,
__Irregularities in the distribution of finite sequences__,*J. Number Theory*, v 2 (1970), pp. 152-161 - R. Guy,
__The second strong law of small numbers__,*Math Magazine*, v 63 (1990), pp. 3-20 - J. Roberts,
*Lure of The Numbers*, MAA, 1992, p. 132 - H. Steinhaus,
*One Hundred Problems in Elementary Mathematics*, Dover Publications, 1979

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