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Fermat's Last Theorem
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One reason for the popular appeal of Fermat’s last theorem is that, unlike Einstein’s famous equation E=mc2 — still a mystery to many of us even after reading
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— the basic idea can be grasped by anyone with a little arithmetical know-how (a to the power of n + b to the power of n will never equal c to the power of n when n is a whole number greater than 2). When Fermat published his theorem in 1637 he stated that although he knew an elegant proof there was not room in the margin to write it out and it remained unproven until 1995. Still confused? Let Melvyn Bragg and his guests explain.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Fermat's last theorem, a mathematical challenge regarding the properties of numbers that remained unsolved for more than three centuries until Professor Andrew Wiles produced his general proof in 1995.
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