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Fermat's Last Theorem


Date: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 14:10:27 -0600 (CST)
From: Steven Bahrij
Subject: Fermat's Last Theorem

Dear Doctor Math,

In the premier issue of Math Horizons, winter 1993, published 
by the Mathematical Association of America, on page 8, is an
article by Gina Kolata about Andrew Wiles, the professor who  
solved Fermat's last theorem.  Is this true?  What is the latest
with Fermat's last theorem?

Frances Shefl
Grade 11
St. Mary's high School
O'Neill Nebraska


Date: 15 Feb 1995 20:59:39 GMT
Sender: steve@mathforum.org
Subject: Re: Fermat's Last Theorem

Hello there!

Yes, it looks like this is one of the most exciting things to happen in 
a long time.  Although the proof is new and complicated and very 
few people in the math world understand it yet, it looks like the proof 
is correct. If it is, it will mean that the most famous and most important 
problem (this is actually arguable; the Riemann Hypothesis is another 
big important unsolved problem) in mathematics has been solved.  
Neat stuff.

    
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