I have a certain fondness for reading about mathematics. One topic that I find especially interesting concerns the “great unsolved problems” in mathematics. A good example is Fermat’s Last Theorem. Fermat conjectured that there are no whole-number solutions for the equation
an + bn = cn,
where a, b, c, and n are all integers. I don’t lay awake at night thinking about such problems, but it is interesting to read about the various strategies mathematicians have attempted as they struggled to solve these problems.
I think there are also a handful of “great unsolved problems” in Supply Chain process management which are very simple to state, painfully difficult to solve, and, if completely solved, would radically change the entire field. Continue reading