The Portrait of Sir Andrew Wiles

by Matthew Innis |

In 1665, Clément-Samuel Fermat found in the margins of a copy of Diophantus’ Arithmetica, a note written by his recently deceased father.  The message – “Demonstrationem mirabilem” – indicated that his father, the mathematician Pierre de Fermat, had discovered a “truly remarkable proof” that the Diophantine equation xⁿ + yⁿ = zⁿ had no non-zero integer solutions for x,…

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