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I hope that seeing the excitement of solving this problem will make young mathematicians realize that there are lots and lots of other problems in mathematics which are going to be just as challenging in the future.
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However impenetrable it seems, if you don't try it, then you can never do it.
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I had this rare privilege of being able to pursue in my adult life, what had been my childhood dream.
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But perhaps that's always the way with math problems, and we just have to find new ones to capture our attention.
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Mathematics... is a bit like discovering oil... But mathematics has one great advantage over oil, in that no one has yet... found a way that you can keep using the same oil forever.
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But what has made this problem special for amateurs is that there's a tiny possibility that there does exist an elegant 17th-century proof.
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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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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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Here was a problem, that I, a ten year old, could understand and I knew from that moment that I would never let it go. I had to solve it.
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I loved doing problems in school. I'd take them home and make up new ones of my own.
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I don't believe Fermat had a proof. I think he fooled himself into thinking he had a proof.
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I really believed that I was on the right track, but that did not mean that I would necessarily reach my goal.
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I grew up in Cambridge in England, and my love of mathematics dates from those early childhood days.
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Young children simply aren't interested in Fermat. They just want to hear a story and they're not going to let you do anything else.
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Certainly one thing that I've learned is that it is important to pick a problem based on how much you care about it.
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I realized that anything to do with Fermat's Last Theorem generates too much interest.
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April 11, 1953
(age 69)
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Sir Andrew John Wiles is a British mathematician and a Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Oxford, specialising in number theory. He is most notable for proving Fermat's Last Theorem.
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