I watched this video last night and as surprising as it may be, I love it. It’s unlikely to be everybody’s cup of tea but there is something fundamentally awesome about the brilliance and effort that went into solving the famous Fermat’s Last Theorem.
In number theory, Fermat’s Last Theorem (sometimes called Fermat’s conjecture, especially in older texts) states that no three positive integers a, b, and c can satisfy the equation an + bn = cn for any integer value of n greater than two.
On the surface it’s a pretty straightforward proposition… I’ll let Simon Singh tell the story of Andrew Wiles and Fermat’s Last Theorem:
Not every person has the opportunity to have such a seminal moment in their career. To be fair, it took years and years of effort, brilliance, insight and work for that seminal moment to occur for Andrew Wiles.
I try to imagine what it must be like to arrive at the proof, to know that you are the only person in hundreds of years – possibly ever – to know what you know. I try to imagine what it would be like to know that nothing you do for the rest of your life will compare to the perfection you had just accomplished.
It makes me a little sad that I do not and most likely will never understand most of what the video talks about.
Congratulations Andrew Wiles. I stand in awe.