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Can You Solve Impossible Maths Question That Could’ve Won You £500,000?

by : UNILAD on : 17 Mar 2016 10:32
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A British professor has won £500,000 after he solved a maths equation that has baffled mathematicians for centuries.

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Fermat’s Last Theorem was posed by French mathematician Pierre de Fermat in 1637 and it remained unsolved for over 350 years, reports CNN.

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This is it:

There are no whole number solutions to the equation xn+ yn = zn when n is greater than 2.

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I know, where do you even start?

But in 1994 Oxford professor Andrew Wiles finally got his head round the problem after spending seven years intensively working on a solution at Princeton University.

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But it wasn’t until this week that Prof Wiles was finally awarded the prestigious 2016 Abel Prize – often described as the ‘Nobel of Mathematics’ – by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

The Abel Committee said:

He cracked the most famous unsolved problem in the subject’s history.

Wiles is one of very few mathematicians whose proof of a theorem has made international headline news.

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The 62-year-old professor first became fascinated with the equation when he was just 10-years-old after he found a copy of it at his local library.

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“I knew from that moment that I would never let it go,” he said. “I had to solve it.”

Life Goals – 1: Maths – 0. Our sincerest congratulations Professor!

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