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Topic: [HM] Quotations from Godel
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Fred Shapiro

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[HM] Gauss Quotation
Posted: May 5, 2005 6:58 AM
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Is anyone able to supply a better source for the following Gauss

I confess that Fermat's Theorem as an isolated proposition has very little
interest for me, because I could easily lay down a multitude of such
propositions, which one could neither prove nor dispose of.
A reply to Olbers' 1816 attempt to entice him to work on Fermat's Theorem.
As quoted in The World of Mathematics (1956) Edited by J. R. Newman

Fred Shapiro

Fred R. Shapiro Editor
Associate Librarian for Collections and YALE DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS
Access and Lecturer in Legal Research Yale University Press,
Yale Law School forthcoming
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