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Pierre de Fermat claimed that he had found a “truly wonderful” proof of this Prehistory: The only case of Fermat's Last Theorem for which. After extracting it from the PDF file you have to rename it to source.7z. To . link between Pythagoras' theorem and Fermat's last theorem is obvious, it is enough to substitute the power 2 . solution of the enigma was close. When Andrew Wiles of Princeton University announced a solution of Fermat's last theorem in , it electrified the world of mathematics. After a flaw was.

The response to this harsh but quite fair challenge, received on the very same day Annex 10 , was truly shameful! Surender K. They work as a labor of love? It is really a great pity that John Ken- neth Galbraith did not have the time to review his final published book, the essay entitled The Economics of Innocent Fraud: Truth for Our Time8.

He would most likely open a thirteenth chapter so as to highlight, besides the already studied corporate influence and control — in the historical context of the counter-socialist takeover of the public services by the private sector — of the geostrategic affairs of the state, particularly the military and defense, the dominance of corporate power 7 Notwithstanding the very low ratings assigned to his performance by the alumni, as per RateMyProfessors.

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Really, a thing of Beauty, in this new, parameterized garden of Science, is no longer a Joy for ever; it is just one more coin in the purse. In the meantime, mathematics — as that prominent Canadian-American economics professor and writer let the layman see — has become extremely useful as a form of employment for mathematicians.

Lawyers Since S. I have advanced, early on, in two directions, Europe and the United States. I decided then to check the lawyers listings in the Netherlands, and, one after the other, contacted three law offices there via email: Advocatenkantoor Blenheim, Kernkamp Advo- caten Annex 13 , and Fruytier Lawyers in Business.

None replied! The first contact I made was but a misunderstanding: on August 18th I was most kindly answered by the I rested. Nowadays, in these times of glob- alization, under certain conditions of pressure and temper ature , Fortuna, the generous goddess, is pretty capable of favouring not only the bold ones, but their antonyms as well I gave up my claim for good.

The height of such movement occurred in the last week of June , when the numerary believers all around the world were praising the miracle performed by St. The worst part, however, is that all the foreign publications which I sub- sequently contacted seemed not to believe in prophets from other countries, namely from mine.

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As a matter of fact, the first and only non negative reply so far would come from The Washington Post, on November 5th last year, in the form of a return receipt Annex 19 , nothing else. On the next day, curiously, I received an email message from Ross King, the Canadian best-selling historical fiction writer and prestigious lecturer, currently living near Oxford, in England9, giving me his explanation for the total lack of 9 It was his latest book, Leonardo and the Last Supper London: Bloomsbury, , that set me on his way, as I was then involved in a brief research about the authenticity of a well known beautiful geometrical proof of the theorem of Pythagoras allegedly by Leonardo da Vinci.

I did a Google search, and the only reference I could find to is Besides an enormous personal favour to a complete interest of all the press in my case, of which he was somewhat aware. Quite frankly, I think not. With all due respect, I daresay Dr. Ross King is wrong, and that was my fault, because I had not told him all the truth. Truly, what I think, furthermore, is that there is this bizarre thing about journalists: many of them are so bold as to get themselves killed in the theatres of war, in general they are brave enough to ask politicians the most embarrassing questions, but they almost all fear to look like less intelligent, so they turn out practically incapable of causing any embarrassment to the chartered scientists as well.

My sound belief, consequently, is that, quite evidently, the answer to the legitimate question of whether the mathematics top employees cluster shall be able to go on deceiving all the other people all the time, or not, is definitely at the sole discretion of the press, of any not necessarily specialist journalist. I just- ly tried to make my case. What an example, what a lesson, to so many and so many! Below, please find the comments for your perusal.

I would like to thank you very much for forwarding your manuscript to us for consideration and wish you every success in finding an alternative place of publication. The referee finds your paper completely incorrect and suggests that it should not be submitted to any journal.

Sir Andrew J. Wiles; Prof. Sir John M. Jain and moreover for kindly inviting me to let you know if I have any further questions. I now realize that Dr. In this regard, I do have some further questions and in the meantime have been able to gather certain related documents.

But first, please, allow me to introduce myself. I am a graduate economist and over thirty years ago I was working as a financial advisor at the headquarters of a Portuguese bank, where? I developed, for instance, the useful algebraic formula for the present value of an immediate fixed annuity under the simple interest rate regime reproduced in Annex A: a manuscript that clearly proves its author possesses a thorough knowledge of mathematical deduction?

And secondly, like the great French mathematician Pierre de Fermat, I am also a jurist not a councillor, a lawyer, as shown in Annex B: a copy of the headings of official letters addressed to me from the Portuguese supreme courts: the Supreme Court of Justice, the Supreme Administrative Court and the Constitutional Court, and from the Court of Justice of the European Union , with a remarkably undistinguished career too.

As a matter of fact, my most outstanding performance in this field was achieved in my capacity of a mere citizen, propria persona, rather than professionally: an international complaint brought before the United Nations Human 1 — Nicht immer, Feld Feldhherr Talbot, nicht immer… Viana do Castelo Portugal , April 1st Dear Ms. As a matter of fact, my most outstanding performance in this field was achieved in my capacity of a mere citizen, propria persona, rather than professionally: an international complaint brought before the United Nations Human Rights Committee on 28 March , in which I defeated the supposedly best attorneys of the Portuguese Republic.

C subsection 7. Yes, as an amateur mathematician I am the resilient victim of professional scientists who do not love science, a large number of academicians who resolutely prefer to sacrifice scientific truth on the altar of their wounded pride and vanity, methodically attempting to disguise the capital sin of universitarian haughtiness behind malicious peer review proceedings.

Quite frankly, it is hard to tell whether this is a typical case of artificial disintelligence or rather an exercise of natural stupidity!

The Pythagorean silence that answered my letter of reply of the same day, January 22nd cf. G-1 , proving him a dishonest reviewer, well shows the measure of the intellectual cowardice of this professional mathematician, a real shame for the IMU and a great dishonour to the Portuguese speaking scientific community.

As a matter of fact, the behaviour of the Portuguese number theorists whose support towards my work I occasionally asked for has steadily grown worse. They have there specialists who will judge it [They did not! Annex 2 to MS. BMAT21] impartially.

Not even this way! They all decidedly rejected my offer, showing how they resented the affront… but not their cards. Also the IMU, incomprehensibly, has not been at all helpful so far. Then I thought I just might be able to solve this communication problem by travelling the next August to the not far away Galician city of Santiago de Compostela, in Spain, when and where the 15th General Assembly of the Union would take place, at the Hotel Puerta del Camino; this I did, and on Friday 18th, the pre-opening day, I actually met him in the afternoon, having noted he did not seem very surprised by my presence.

Looking at him in the eyes, I felt I was in front of a just man conditioned by a professional bias; as to me, every mathematical achievement belongs to humanity and ought to be welcome as such, none is the asset of any mathematician in opposition to the others nor of their associations or unions, while he, on the contrary, opted to play the role of a trade union administrator, seeing me as an outsider, most probably a persona non grata.

The conversation ended, and I swiftly returned home. James Cathedral. For two coincidental reasons: because in it evidently counted more than 13 years already more than fifteen, in point of fact and because it is a real proof, positive proof, absolutely valid.

As to this irrefutable assertion, I must reemphasize that the logico-mathematical consequence of the fact, perfectly clear, that both x.

There can be no honest doubt about it. Completely: a malicious, false, and defamatory written statement, a libellous writing. Yes indeed, false! Here it goes, discursively, once again: - In case the exponent n is odd, the sum of whole numbers x. During 21—23 June Wiles announced and presented his proof of the Taniyama—Shimura conjecture for semi-stable elliptic curves, and hence of Fermat's Last Theorem, over the course of three lectures delivered at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, England.

After the announcement, Nick Katz was appointed as one of the referees to review Wiles's manuscript. In the course of his review, he asked Wiles a series of clarifying questions that led Wiles to recognise that the proof contained a gap. There was an error in one critical portion of the proof which gave a bound for the order of a particular group: The error would not have rendered his work worthless — each part of Wiles's work was highly significant and innovative by itself, as were the many developments and techniques he had created in the course of his work, and only one part was affected.

Wiles spent almost a year trying to repair his proof, initially by himself and then in collaboration with his former student Richard Taylor , without success.


Mathematicians were beginning to pressure Wiles to disclose his work whether or not complete, so that the wider community could explore and use whatever he had managed to accomplish. But instead of being fixed, the problem, which had originally seemed minor, now seemed very significant, far more serious, and less easy to resolve. Wiles states that on the morning of 19 September , he was on the verge of giving up and was almost resigned to accepting that he had failed, and to publishing his work so that others could build on it and find the error.

He states that he was having a final look to try and understand the fundamental reasons why his approach could not be made to work, when he had a sudden insight that the specific reason why the Kolyvagin—Flach approach would not work directly, also meant that his original attempts using Iwasawa theory could be made to work if he strengthened it using his experience gained from the Kolyvagin—Flach approach since then.

Each was inadequate by itself, but fixing one approach with tools from the other would resolve the issue and produce a class number formula CNF valid for all cases that were not already proven by his refereed paper: On 6 October Wiles asked three colleagues including Faltings to review his new proof, [19] and on 24 October Wiles submitted two manuscripts, "Modular elliptic curves and Fermat's Last Theorem" [4] and "Ring theoretic properties of certain Hecke algebras", [5] the second of which Wiles had written with Taylor and proved that certain conditions were met which were needed to justify the corrected step in the main paper.

The two papers were vetted and finally published as the entirety of the May issue of the Annals of Mathematics. The new proof was widely analysed, and became accepted as likely correct in its major components. Fermat claimed to " As noted above, Wiles proved the Taniyama—Shimura—Weil conjecture for the special case of semistable elliptic curves, rather than for all elliptic curves.

In , Dutch computer scientist Jan Bergstra posed the problem of formalizing Wiles' proof in such a way that it could be verified by computer. Wiles used proof by contradiction , in which one assumes the opposite of what is to be proved, and show if that were true, it would create a contradiction.

The contradiction shows that the assumption must have been incorrect.

The proof falls roughly in two parts. In the first part, Wiles proves a general result about " lifts ", known as the "modularity lifting theorem". This first part allows him to prove results about elliptic curves by converting them to problems about Galois representations of elliptic curves.

He then uses this result to prove that all semi-stable curves are modular, by proving that the Galois representations of these curves are modular, instead.

We will set up our proof by initially seeing what happens if Fermat's Last Theorem is incorrect, and showing hopefully that this would always lead to a contradiction.

Wiles aims first of all to prove a result about these representations, that he will use later: Proving this is helpful in two ways: Together, these allow us to work with representations of curves rather than directly with elliptic curves themselves. Our original goal will have been transformed into proving the modularity of geometric Galois representations of semi-stable elliptic curves, instead.

Wiles described this realization as a "key breakthrough". To show that a geometric Galois representation of an elliptic curve is a modular form, we need to find a normalized eigenform whose eigenvalues which are also its Fourier series coefficients satisfy a congruence relationship for all but a finite number of primes.

This is Wiles' lifting theorem or modularity lifting theorem , a major and revolutionary accomplishment at the time.

So we can try to prove all of our elliptic curves are modular by using one prime number as p - but if we do not succeed in proving this for all elliptic curves, perhaps we can prove the rest by choosing different prime numbers as 'p' for the difficult cases.

The proof must cover the Galois representations of all semi-stable elliptic curves E , but for each individual curve, we only need to prove it is modular using one prime number p.

From above, it does not matter which prime is chosen for the representations. We can use any one prime number that is easiest. So the proof splits in two at this point. Wiles opted to attempt to match elliptic curves to a countable set of modular forms.

He found that this direct approach was not working, so he transformed the problem by instead matching the Galois representations of the elliptic curves to modular forms. Wiles denotes this matching or mapping that, more specifically, is a ring homomorphism:. Wiles had the insight that in many cases this ring homomorphism could be a ring isomorphism Conjecture 2.

This is sometimes referred to as the "numerical criterion". Given this result, Fermat's Last Theorem is reduced to the statement that two groups have the same order. Much of the text of the proof leads into topics and theorems related to ring theory and commutation theory. In treating deformations, Wiles defined four cases, with the flat deformation case requiring more effort to prove and treated in a separate article in the same volume entitled "Ring-theoretic properties of certain Hecke algebras".

Gerd Faltings , in his bulletin, gives the following commutative diagram p. In order to perform this matching, Wiles had to create a class number formula CNF. He first attempted to use horizontal Iwasawa theory but that part of his work had an unresolved issue such that he could not create a CNF.

At the end of the summer of , he learned about an Euler system recently developed by Victor Kolyvagin and Matthias Flach that seemed "tailor made" for the inductive part of his proof, which could be used to create a CNF, and so Wiles set his Iwasawa work aside and began working to extend Kolyvagin and Flach's work instead, in order to create the CNF his proof would require.

Since his work relied extensively on using the Kolyvagin—Flach approach, which was new to mathematics and to Wiles, and which he had also extended, in January he asked his Princeton colleague, Nick Katz , to help him review his work for subtle errors.

Their conclusion at the time was that the techniques Wiles used seemed to work correctly. Wiles' use of Kolyvagin—Flach would later be found to be the point of failure in the original proof submission, and he eventually had to revert to Iwasawa theory and a collaboration with Richard Taylor to fix it. Less obvious is that given a modular form of a certain special type, a Hecke eigenform with eigenvalues in Q , one also gets a homomorphism from the absolute Galois group.

This goes back to Eichler and Shimura.

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The resulting representation is not usually 2-dimensional, but the Hecke operators cut out a 2-dimensional piece. It is easy to demonstrate that these representations come from some elliptic curve but the converse is the difficult part to prove. An essential point is to impose a sufficient set of conditions on the Galois representation; otherwise, there will be too many lifts and most will not be modular.

These conditions should be satisfied for the representations coming from modular forms and those coming from elliptic curves. In his page article published in , Wiles divides the subject matter up into the following chapters preceded here by page numbers:.

Gerd Faltings subsequently provided some simplifications to the proof, primarily in switching from geometric constructions to rather simpler algebraic ones. Wiles's paper is over pages long and often uses the specialised symbols and notations of group theory , algebraic geometry , commutative algebra , and Galois theory.

The mathematicians who helped to lay the groundwork for Wiles often created new specialised concepts and technical jargon. Among the introductory presentations are an email which Ribet sent in ; [29] [30] Hesselink's quick review of top-level issues, which gives just the elementary algebra and avoids abstract algebra; [24] or Daney's web page, which provides a set of his own notes and lists the current books available on the subject.

Weston attempts to provide a handy map of some of the relationships between the subjects. Ford award from the Mathematical Association of America. The Cornell book does not cover the entirety of the Wiles proof. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Main article: Fermat's Last Theorem. Modularity Theorem. Ribet's Theorem. This section needs attention from an expert in Mathematics. The specific problem is: Newly added section: WikiProject Mathematics may be able to help recruit an expert.

June The New York Times. Retrieved 21 January Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 29 June Annals of Mathematics. Archived from the original on 27 November September Invitation to the Mathematics of Fermat—Wiles.

Academic Press. Cornell, J. Silverman and G. Retrieved Silverman, and G. Stevens" PDF. Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society. MacTutor History of Mathematics. February By around , much evidence had been accumulated to form conjectures about elliptic curves, and many papers had been written which examined the consequences if the conjecture was true, but the actual conjecture itself was unproven and generally considered inaccessible - meaning that mathematicians believed a proof of the conjecture was probably impossible using current knowledge.

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