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Topic: [HM] Quotations from Godel
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Fred Shapiro

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Registered: 12/3/04
[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
quotation:

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


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