Fermat's Last Theorem

theorem in number theory that there are no nontrivial integer solutions of xⁿ+yⁿ=zⁿ for integer n>2
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Fermat's Last Theorem or FLT is a very famous idea in mathematics. It says that:

Pierre de Fermat
If is a whole number larger than 2, then the equation has no solutions when x, y and z are natural numbers.


Or,

It is impossible to express in whole numbers two cubes, which added equal a third cube. Furthermore, it is impossible with anything higher than squares.

This means that there are no examples where , and are natural numbers, i.e. whole numbers larger than zero, and where is a whole number bigger than 2. Pierre de Fermat wrote about it in 1637 inside his copy of a book called Arithmetica. He said "I have a proof of this theorem, but there is not enough space in this margin to write it". However, no correct proof was found for 357 years. It was finally proven in 1995. Most mathematicians do not think that Fermat really had a proof of this theorem.

In its original the problem is as follows:

Cubum autem in duos cubos, aut quadratoquadratum in duos quadratoquadratos & generaliter nullam in infinitum ultra quadratum potestatem in duos eiusdem nominis fas est dividere cuius rei demonstrationem mirabilem sane detexi. Hanc marginis exiguitas non caperet.

Overview change

Fermat's Last Theorem is a more general form of the Pythagorean theorem,[1] which is an equation that says:

 

When  ,   and   are whole numbers this is called a "Pythagorean triple". For example,  , and since   we can say   is a Pythagorean triple. Fermat's Last Theorem rewrites this as

 

and claims that, if you make the   a larger whole number than 2, then  ,   and   cannot all be natural numbers. For example,   and  , and so   is an example that confirms this.

On the equation's quadratic change

The x and y are two unknown sums, summing imaginary third sum z. Despite there being 4 terms: n, x, y & z, the n is a function summing the total of unknown sums. Zero is missing from this equation by the rule of "1 plus 1 is 2 and no more", written 1+1=2+0.

To give clarification, the n is known to be a sum.

Proof change

 
British mathematician Andrew Wiles

The proof was made for some values of  , such as  ,  ,   and  , which was done by many mathematicians including Fermat, Euler, Sophie Germain. However, since there are an infinite number of Pythagorean triples,[2] as numbers count upwards forever, this made Fermat's Last Theorem hard to prove or disprove; the full proof must show that the equation has no solution for all values of   (when   is a whole number bigger than 2) but it is not possible to simply check every combination of numbers if they continue forever.

An English mathematician named Andrew Wiles found a solution in 1995, 358 years after Fermat wrote about it.[3][4][5] Richard Taylor helped him find the solution[source?]. The proof took eight years of research. He proved the theorem by first proving the modularity theorem, which was then called the Taniyama–Shimura conjecture. Using Ribet's Theorem, he was able to give a proof for Fermat's Last Theorem. He received the Wolfskehl Prize from Göttingen Academy in June 1997: it amounted to about $50,000 U.S. dollars.[6]

After a few years of debate, people agreed that Andrew Wiles had solved the problem. Andrew Wiles used a lot of modern mathematics and even created new maths when he made his solution. This mathematics was unknown when Fermat wrote his famous note saying that he had a proof, so we think that Fermat did not have a correct proof or he did not have one at all.

Criticism of proof change

Vos Savant wrote in 1995, that Wiles' proof should be rejected for its use of non-Euclidean geometry. She said, "the chain of proof is based in hyperbolic (Lobachevskian) geometry", and because this geometry allows things like squaring the circle, a "famous impossibility" despite being possible in hyperbolic geometry, then "if we reject a hyperbolic method of squaring the circle, we should also reject a hyperbolic proof of Fermat's last theorem."

Proof without elliptic change

Where n is known to sum two ordinal values, it cannot exceed the counted value 2 if the larger is taken as 1 unit.

Generalization change

Beal's Generalization Conjecture, or the Beal Conjecture, posed by investor Andrew Beal, asks why there are always common factors (like cells in batteries), in equations like this, of the general form aˣ+bʸ=cᶻ.

References change

  1. Stark, pp. 151–155.
  2. Stillwell J (2003). Elements of Number Theory. New York: Springer-Verlag. pp. 110–112. ISBN 0-387-95587-9.
  3. Wiles, Andrew (1995). "Modular elliptic curves and Fermat's Last Theorem" (PDF). Annals of Mathematics. 141 (3): 443–551. doi:10.2307/2118559. JSTOR 2118559. OCLC 37032255. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
  4. Taylor R, Wiles A (1995). "Ring theoretic properties of certain Hecke algebras". Annals of Mathematics. 141 (3): 553–572. doi:10.2307/2118560. JSTOR 2118560. OCLC 37032255. Archived from the original on 2001-11-27. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
  5. Neil Pieprzak. "Fermat's last theorem and Andrew Wiles". Plus Magazine. Retrieved 2012-04-30.
  6. Singh S 1998. Fermat's Enigma, p284. New York: Anchor Books. ISBN 978-0-385-49362-8

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