>[Someone calling himself after a mathematician] wrote:
[snip] >> But people should be >> smart enough to know that FLT is exceedingly difficult and that it was >> recently proved by Wiles, and two that an algebraic highschool-ish near >> impossible (the opinion of .9999999999999... percent of historical and >> present mathematicians). > >What! -- only about 1 percent? I would have thought it was >more like 99.99 percent.
Oh, I don't know that it's so many. I'm certainly an agnostic on whether there exists a simple proof. But I'm sure it won't be found with a drunkard's walk through random algebraic manipulations. Especially when performed by a fool who stops every time his egregious error frequency leads to a contradiction, and needs to wait for someone competent to find his mistakes for him.