
Re: FLT Discussion: Simplifying
Posted:
Jan 16, 2001 9:46 PM


On Wed, 17 Jan 2001 01:57:50 GMT, hale@mailhost.tcs.tulane.edu wrote:
>For example, I might be asked to justify the following step >(I will assume that I am working in the field of complex numbers, >which you have refused to do for some reason):
The reason is that if he admits that saying "x and y are integers" is insufficient to discuss the behavior of (x+sqrt(1)y) here, he'd have to admit it's insufficient in the FLT proof.
Therefore, he'll just keep saying "What's the matter with you people? I've told you, I assume x and y are integers" and hope the criticism will evaporate.
> > Claim: (x+sqrt(1)y)(xsqrt(1)y) = x^2 + y^2 >
 Randy

