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Andrew Wiles
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Then when I reached college I realized that many people had thought about the problem during the 18th and 19th centuries and so I studied those methods.
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Andrew Wiles
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I was so obsessed by this problem that I was thinking about it all the time - when I woke up in the morning, when I went to sleep at night - and that went on for eight years.
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Andrew Wiles
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I tried to fit it in with some previous broad conceptual understanding of some part of mathematics that would clarify the particular problem I was thinking about.
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Andrew Wiles
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It could be that the methods needed to take the next step may simply be beyond present day mathematics. Perhaps the methods I needed to complete the proof would not be invented for a hundred years.
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Andrew Wiles
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I'm sure that some of them will be very hard and I'll have a sense of achievement again, but nothing will mean the same to me - there's no other problem in mathematics that could hold me the way that this one did.
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Andrew Wiles
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I know it's a rare privilege, but if one can really tackle something in adult life that means that much to you, then it's more rewarding than anything I can imagine.
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Andrew Wiles
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The only way I could relax was when I was with my children.
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Andrew Wiles
5
That particular odyssey is now over. My mind is now at rest.
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Andrew Wiles
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But the best problem I ever found, I found in my local public library.
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Andrew Wiles
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There are proofs that date back to the Greeks that are still valid today.
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Andrew Wiles
3
Fermat said he had a proof.
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Andrew Wiles
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Just because we can't find a solution it doesn't mean that there isn't one.
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Andrew Wiles
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Well, some mathematics problems look simple, and you try them for a year or so, and then you try them for a hundred years, and it turns out that they're extremely hard to solve.
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Andrew Wiles
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I loved doing problems in school. I'd take them home and make up new ones of my own. But the best problem I ever found, I found in my local public library. I was just browsing through the section of math books and I found this one book, which was all about one particular problem - Fermat's Last Theorem.
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Andrew Wiles
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Perhaps the methods I needed to complete the proof would not be invented for a hundred years. So even if I was on the right track, I could be living in the wrong century.
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