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In 1994, Andrew Wiles shocked the math world when he published proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem, which is a problem that had bewildered scholars for more than 300 years. On Tuesday, the 62-year-old Oxford professor was awarded the prestigious 2016 Abel Prize for his work by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Tech Times reports.
In May he will fly to Oslo where the Crown Prince Haakon of Norway will present him with the award and a $700,000 check for the accomplishment that the academy described as “an epochal moment for mathematics,” according to The Telegraph.
originally posted by: Indigent
I remember this was big news in my house at the time, i think my old man worked at nights in secret trying to solve Fermat last theorem homer Simpson style
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: Soylent Green Is People
It revolves around the fact that not all donuts have holes. Some donuts are oblate spheroids, as opposed to toroid in geometry. Therefore, since a hole is not necessary to the form of a donut, the hole cannot be said to be an integral part of the donut, but instead is an absence of donut.
originally posted by: Soylent Green Is People
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: Soylent Green Is People
It revolves around the fact that not all donuts have holes. Some donuts are oblate spheroids, as opposed to toroid in geometry. Therefore, since a hole is not necessary to the form of a donut, the hole cannot be said to be an integral part of the donut, but instead is an absence of donut.
I hereby initiate The "Soylent Green Prize" for solving Simpson's Last Theorem:
I'll present a prize of a half-dozen Krispy Kremes to the first person who can prove or disprove that doughnuts without holes are still doughnuts. It needs to be proved through mathematics, not just by arbitrary dictionary definitions, or doughnut vendor definitions. I think those definitions are wrong.
originally posted by: Discotech
a reply to: Indigent
Without meaning to sound disrespectful to the guys achievement in solving the equation buttttttttt, what purpose does the equation serve ?
Will knowing the answer now offer any new avenues to furthering the advancement of society ?
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So back to the question, why did this guy spend pretty much a life time trying to solve this equation ? What is the importance of it ? Or did he just attempt to solve it because he wanted to and there are no real practical uses for the equation ?
originally posted by: pikestaff
Just why is it, when one counts down their fingers from ten, thumb ten, little finger 6, then add the 5 from the other hand, it makes 11?