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Fermat’s Last Theorem


In 1637, Pierre de Fermat claimed to have a proof that there are no solutions to the equation

an + bn = cn

if a, b, c, and n are integers, and n>2.

Andrew Wiles proved this theorem in 1994, but using many areas of mathematics completely unknown in Fermat’s day.

The problem is to prove Fermat’s Last Theorem, using only techniques available to mathematicians in the seventeenth century.


For further information, please see:

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermat%27s_last_theorem

[2] http://mathworld.wolfram.com/FermatsLastTheorem.html

[3] http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/HistTopics/Fermat's_last_theorem.html



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