Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Pinoy's feat on Fermat's Theorem turns out to be fake

Yep, I concede, I was also a victim of this one. Please forgive me for the misinformation. :-)

Maybe I trusted Manila Times too much, thinking that it was a reliable source. My fault too for the lack of research. :-(

But thanks very much to Alecks Pabico's enlightening research. He himself wrote to Prof. Andrew Wiles about the alleged letters to Prof. Edgar Escultura. Wiles denied that the letters came from him.

See more of Alecks' findings here.

Thank you very much Alecks for your investigation. :-)

In 1637, the French mathematician Pierre De Fermat stated that, for any nonzero counting numbers x, y, z and n, there are no numbers x, y, and z that can satisfy the equation xn + yn = zn if n is greater than 2. He also claimed that he found the proof for his statement, but his proof somehow mysteriously disappeared. Other mathematicians attempted to prove Fermat's Last Theorem, but unfortunately to no avail. And this theorem went unproven for more than 300 years.

In 1993, Andrew Wiles published a 150-page document containing his proof on Fermat's theorem. Mathematicians worldwide celebrated this momentous historic event. And it turns out that Wiles' proof is definitive, even today. :-)

My previous post about Escultura is here, Google-cached.

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