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In 1637, some French amateur mathematician, Pierre de Fermat, scribbled in the margin of a book he was reading: “There are no non-zero integer solutions for the equation x^3 + y^3 = z^3.” It’s a simple equation that’s similar to the Pythagorous Theorem. He continued, “I have discovered a truly marvellous proof, which this margin is too narrow to contain.” No one has been able to find his ‘proof’, and nowadays most believe he either did not have one, or he had one that he later realized was incorrect and never published it.

For over 350 years, no one else has been able to provide a proof to this deceptively simple-looking problem, Fermat’s Last Theorem. It was probably mathematic’s greatest unsolved problem, because of its difficulty, and yet simplicity (you could explain the problem to any layman.

Well, in 1994, Andrew Wiles solved the problem. But I can’t explain it here. His proof is over 150 pages long. That cracka be spending too much time with numbers.

Nonetheless, I wonder what it’s like to ruin the fun and kill one of mathematic’s greatest puzzles. If you’re wondering why the hell would I post about this, well…. we went over it briefly during my Computibility class and it sounded interesting, so I looked it up on the web. I haven’t blogged in a while, and not much is going on in my life. I’m running out of things to pontificate about that aren’t boring to the general public. For instance, my mind has been whirling in the past weeks regarding programming and software development and my software engineering class and my future in all this, but I’m getting slow with the expressions. and the word language and the tongue moving coherently in ways to make people nod and smile with all the goodness vanilla ice cream. My english is failing me. signing off.

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