Fermat's Last Theorem
Name: r w and carey w atkinson
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
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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