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Who is the individual who solved the most puzzling, "unsolvable" mathematical question?

I know this sounds vague, but some co-workers insist there was some question that had stumped mathemeticians throughout the ages and was recently solved. Does this ring a bell?

Yeah. Andrew Wiles recently solved Fermat's last theorem, which states that there are no whole numbers x, y, and z such that x^n + y^n = z^n, where n is a whole number > 2.

Wiles made the final proof of the theorem, but other mathematicians over the years made progress toward it, and Wiles built upon their work. A description of the process appeared in a Scientific American in the last year or so.

Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Director, PG Research Foundation
Darien, IL USA

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