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Name: r w  and  carey w atkinson
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Date: Around 1995

There has been a recent "proof" of Fermat's Last theorem. Was it solved? What was the basis of the proof?

Hopefully somebody here knows more than I do, but as I understood it, the "proof" was extremely complex and computationally intensive. I believe that even experts in the field are still debating its validity. Does anyone else know more?

richard a gerber

I have attended several talks by knowledgeable mathematicians who outlined the method of proof that was given by A. Wiles in his proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. Each of these talks took an hour to present and included only descriptions of methods with few details and almost no proofs given. The whole paper is said to be over 100 pages of difficult mathematics a variety of areas of mathematics. It appears that Wiles has found a problem with a result of someone else's that he applied in his proof. The other result was not incorrect, but Wiles used a version that had not been proved. We eagerly await being informed whether the problem can be fixed. Is Fermat's Last Theorem still Fermat's Last Problem?


Fermat's Last Theorem states that the equation
  a^n + b^n = c^n

has no integer solutions for n > 2. The theorem can be easily proved for some specific values of _n_, for example, n = 3. The hard part is proving it in general.


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