Introduction to Mathematics

Though Stubblefield had several
publications, the math that is going to be

discussed here are the ideas that come from his paper entitled *Lower bounds
for odd perfect numbers (beyound the googol). *Stubblefield's purpose in
this

paper is to "provide a newer method by which, when a natural number M is

given, we can either (a) find an odd perfect number less than M or (b) determine

that an odd perfect number less han M does not exist (lower,211). In this web

site, the ideas included in this paper are the major focus, rather then the paper

itself. Some of the ideas include perfect numbers, and prime factorization.

Through the research neccessary for this paper, Stubblefield added his name to

the list of many mathematicians that have contributed in trying to determine if

odd perfect numbers exist. As a result, Stubblefield found a new lower bound

for odd perfect numbers, 10^50.(lower, 211-222). Stubblefield today is still

interested in number theory and he continues to contribute his hard work (transcript).