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|Oxford Professor Wins Abel Prize For Solving 350-year-old Math Equation by heroshark(m): 9:31pm On Mar 18, 2016|
In the mid-17th century, French mathematician Pierre de Fermant said that for any three whole numbers, a , b and c, the equation a + b = c could not be satisfied by any whole number n greater than 2. For example, something like “x³ + y³ = z³” simply would not be possible. And after formulating his theorem in a handwritten note in the margins of a book in 1637, he wrote “I have a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.” And since then, a mathematical proof of this theorem was missing, that is, up until now.
The brilliant Andrew Wiles, a professor at Oxford University, proposed the solution to this problem in 1994. For this feat, he was awarded the prestigious Abel prize , by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for his “stunning proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem.” Oxford mathematician Sir Andrew Wiles proved Fermat’s Last Theorem. Here it is on a whiteboard…
The prize is worth 6 million Norwegian kroner (around $700,000) and it should be delivered on May 24 by Prince Haakon, heir to the throne of Norway. Wiles, who bears the title of Knight of the British Empire, said his history with the theorem began over half a century ago, when he was only ten years old. He would have found the theorem while skimming through a book and since then was determined to demonstrate it. The mission, however, was quite a difficult one, no wonder it wasn’t done in over 350 years. The prrof was completed after seven years of intense work on what came to be a 200-page file. “Few results have as rich a mathematical history and as dramatic a proof as Fermat’s last theorem,” said the Abel prize committee in a statement.
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