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Icebreaker
Does anyone know where I can get the actual paper published by Wiles and Taylor concerning FLT?
I have checked it- it's about 10Mb and it seems to me that it's the proof (i didn't understand a word though!)HallsofIvy said:Here's a web-link I haven't checked out but purports to have copies of the papers:
http://math.stanford.edu/~lekheng/flt/index.html
Wiles' proof on FLT, also known as Fermat's Last Theorem, is a mathematical proof that was published by mathematician Andrew Wiles in 1995. It provides a solution to the centuries-old problem proposed by Pierre de Fermat in the 17th century.
Wiles' proof is significant because it solved a problem that had been unsolved for over 300 years. It also provided a better understanding of mathematics and the connections between different areas of mathematics.
The main idea behind Wiles' proof is to use a mathematical technique called modular forms to prove that there are no solutions to Fermat's Last Theorem equation for certain values of n. This technique had not been used before in the proof of FLT and was a major breakthrough in solving the problem.
It took Wiles around 7 years to develop his proof on FLT, although he had been working on related ideas for much longer. He worked in secret for most of that time, and only revealed his proof to the public after it had been peer-reviewed and deemed valid.
Yes, Wiles' proof has been accepted by the mathematics community and is considered to be a major achievement in the field of mathematics. It has been extensively reviewed and verified by other mathematicians, and has withstood scrutiny and criticism. It is now considered to be a fundamental result in number theory.