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Curving Beyond Fermat

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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
Description: "When Andrew Wiles of Princeton University proved Fermat's last theorem several years ago, he took advantage of recently discovered links between Pierre de Fermat's centuries-old conjecture concerning whole numbers and the theory of so-called elliptic curves. Establishing the validity of Fermat's last theorem involved proving parts of the Taniyama-Shimura conjecture. Four mathematicians [Conrad, Taylor, Breuil, Diamond] have now extended this aspect of Wiles' work, offering a proof of the Taniyama-Shimura conjecture for all elliptic curves rather than just a particular subset of such curves...."

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Elliptic & Spherical Geometry, Number Theory

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