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Andrew Wiles


Andrew Wiles was born on April 11, 1953 in Cambridge, England. He earned a PhD in mathematics from Cambridge University (1975-1979) under the guidance of Australian John Coates, and was a professor at Princeton. From the 1980s onwards, he became a mathematician for his demonstration (1995) of the most famous mathematical challenge of all time, Fermat's Theorem:

Considering equation xno + yno = zno, Fermat stated that there are no integer values ​​for "x", "y" and "z" that satisfy the equation when "n" is an integer greater than 2. Possible proofs of Fermat have been lost and the demonstration of this theorem It has become one of the most famous challenges in the history of mathematics, faced by most mathematicians for over three centuries.

On June 23, 1993, after seven years of work, mathematician Andrew Wiles announces at a conference of the Sir Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, have found a demonstration for the challenge. However, shortly thereafter, a minor flaw is found. Wiles retires for another 14 months and finally comes up with the revamped demo. At the end of 1994, after a few months of appreciation of the 200 pages, his demo is definitely accepted. Such a demonstration is so technical that only a few dozen mathematicians around the world would be able to follow the reasoning. Wiles won the Wolfskehl Foundation's definitive consecration and £ 50,000 prize for the achievement.