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Mathematician
Born:
April 11
, 1953
Just because we can't find a solution it doesn't mean that there isn't one.
Andrew Wiles
Solution
Find
Just Because
Mean
I had this rare privilege of being able to pursue in my adult life, what had been my childhood dream.
Andrew Wiles
Life
Childhood
Dream
Privilege
Always try the problem that matters most to you.
Andrew Wiles
You
Problem
Always
Try
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. There's no reason why these problems shouldn't be easy, and yet they turn out to be extremely intricate.
Andrew Wiles
Simple
Mathematics
Look
You
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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Home
School
Library
We've lost something that's been with us for so long, and something that drew a lot of us into mathematics. But perhaps that's always the way with math problems, and we just have to find new ones to capture our attention.
Andrew Wiles
Mathematics
Long
Problems
Way
The definition of a good mathematical problem is the mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself.
Andrew Wiles
Good
Mathematics
Problem
Than
It's fine to work on any problem, so long as it generates interesting mathematics along the way  even if you don't solve it at the end of the day.
Andrew Wiles
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Day
Mathematics
You
However impenetrable it seems, if you don't try it, then you can never do it.
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Never
Try
Seems
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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There are proofs that date back to the Greeks that are still valid today.
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Back
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Pure mathematicians just love to try unsolved problems  they love a challenge.
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Challenge
Problems
Pure
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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Right
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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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Mathematics
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May
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.
Andrew Wiles
Me
Mathematics
Achievement
Way
Mathematicians aren't satisfied because they know there are no solutions up to four million or four billion, they really want to know that there are no solutions up to infinity.
Andrew Wiles
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Want
Satisfied
Four
I grew up in Cambridge in England, and my love of mathematics dates from those early childhood days.
Andrew Wiles
Love
Childhood
Mathematics
Early
But the best problem I ever found, I found in my local public library.
Andrew Wiles
Best
Library
Problem
Found
Fermat said he had a proof.
Andrew Wiles
Said
He
Proof
Had
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.
Andrew Wiles
Simple
Mathematics
Look
You
I realized that anything to do with Fermat's Last Theorem generates too much interest.
Andrew Wiles
Too Much
Anything
Last
Interest
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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Thinking
Problem
Tried
I don't believe Fermat had a proof. I think he fooled himself into thinking he had a proof.
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Thinking
Think
He
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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Hope
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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.
Andrew Wiles
Life
You
Know
I Can
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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, 1953
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