Search All of the Math Forum:
Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by
NCTM or The Math Forum.


Chuck
Posts:
55
Registered:
12/2/08


Re: Fermat's Last Theorem.
Posted:
Jan 25, 2012 7:00 AM


Have you been wondering why mathematicians from around the world have not been responding to you? Perhaps I can shed some light. Nobody publishes a proof of a major theorem in a newsgroup. If you think you have a proof, submit it to a reputable, refereed journal ... but don't hold your breath waiting for them. People 1000 times smarter than the two of us put together have tried to prove this theorem in an elementary way. It just isn't going to happen. People who submit "elementary" proofs of Fermat's Last Theorem to places like this and claim that their proof is the simplest most elegant proof are immediately labeled as cranks. I suggest you google "James S. Harris Fermat" as a case in point. I'm just a high school teacher not a research mathematician. Yet I was able to find two elementary blunders. First was that 99 is a product of two primes. You apparently juggled some numbers and equations around trying desperately to "fix" that one. Then you claim with no justification that the two roots of a quadratic equation must be equal (that is, that the discriminant must be zero). I was curious how long it would take me, a rank amateur, to find the errors. Well I won't be responding to any more of your "fixes". Good luck to you.



