Fermat's Last Theorem is solved

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  1. JamesMike macrumors demi-god

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    Britsh professor Andrew Wiles solved it and win $700,000 dollars!
     
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    More on this ---

    http://www.abelprize.no/nyheter/vis.html?tid=67106
     
  3. Efrem macrumors member

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    The prize is news, but he solved the problem (proved the theorem) almost a quarter of a century ago.
     
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    Exactly. From what I have read, Andrew Wiles solved it in 1994. However, I am surprised that it took a quarter of a century for the decision to be taken to bestow this prize on him.

    Doubtless, irrespective of how late the award is, he will find the prize and the prize money most welcome.
     
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    The book Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh tell's Wiles' story in an approachable and understandable way. Its worth a read.
     
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    I seem to recall having read a review of that boo, some years ago, which recommended it.

    My only surprise is the actual award of this prize. I suppose that I am somewhat curious as to why it has been awarded now, rather than when - or shortly after - Andrew Wiles actually solved Fermat's Theorem.
     
  7. rshrugged macrumors 6502a

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    The first was in 2003.
    http://www.abelprize.no/c53671/artikkel/vis.html?tid=53702

    List of laureates HERE.
     
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    Ah, excellent: Thank you very much for taking the time to post your explanation and adding the link.

    Now, that throws a lot of light on what I had thought was the discrepancy between the dates of the award and the initial discovery.
     

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