At the end of 2008 the College Mathematics Journal will stop running its 20-year column “Fallacies, Flaws, and Flimflam.” The column was devoted to “mistakes, fallacies, howlers, anomalies, and the like”â€”usually found on student work. In honor of the departure of this entertaining column I submit the following FFF which was submitted as a solution…

# Day: December 18, 2008

## Sharkovsky’s theorem

In this post I would like to share one of the most surprising, remarkable, and beautiful results in the study of discrete dynamical systems. It relates to an unusual ordering of the positive integers: First, some definitions. The basic object of study in a discrete dynamical system is the orbit. Let be a function from…