**A British professor has won £500,000 after he solved a maths equation that has baffled mathematicians for centuries.**

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

**This is it:**

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

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.

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.

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.

“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!