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Oxford professor wins Abel Prize for solving 350-year-old math equation

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Oxford professor wins Abel Prize for solving 350-year-old math equation

In the mid-17th century, French mathematician Pierre de Fermant said that for any three whole numbers, a, b and c, the equation an + bn = cn could not be satisfied by any whole number n greater than 2. For example, something like “x³ + y³ = z³” simply would not be possible. And after formulating his theorem in a handwritten note in the margins of a book in 1637, he wrote “I have a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.” And since then, a mathematical proof of this theorem was missing, that is, up until now.

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