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DESCRIPTION;ENCODING=QUOTED-PRINTABLE:Third century mathematician Diophantus wrote a series of books titled Arithmetica, a collection of algebraic problems. In 1637 Pierre de Fermat wrote that, for Diophantus’ equation xn + yn = zn, there were no possible solutions for positive integers if n was greater than 2. He added he could prove this conjecture but left no documentation to that effect.=0D=0AOver the intervening centuries, many mathematicians tried without success to prove what became known as Fermat’s Last Theorem.=0D=0AEnter British mathematician Andrew Wiles. As a boy he had become fascinated by Fermat’s conjecture. Then in the mid-1980s, while on faculty at Princeton University, Sir Wiles began his attempt to prove Fermat’s Last Theorem. His efforts took several years of sacrifice and laser-focused work and attention. There was also disappointment and despair.=0D=0AJoin the Department of Mathematics and Statistics as we present Nova’s production The Proof.=0D=0ARefreshments precede the talk at 3:30 p.m. in NH 282.
SUMMARY;ENCODING=QUOTED-PRINTABLE:Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium - CANCELED
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