Curving Beyond Fermat
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Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)  
"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 centuriesold conjecture concerning whole numbers and the theory of socalled elliptic curves. Establishing the validity of Fermat's last theorem involved proving parts of the TaniyamaShimura conjecture. Four mathematicians [Conrad, Taylor, Breuil, Diamond] have now extended this aspect of Wiles' work, offering a proof of the TaniyamaShimura conjecture for all elliptic curves rather than just a particular subset of such curves...."  


Levels:  High School (912), College 
Languages:  English 
Resource Types:  Articles 
Math Topics:  Elliptic & Spherical Geometry, Number Theory 
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