History UsefulNotes / FermatsLastTheorem

29th Nov '17 2:40:48 PM MasamiPhoenix
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* In {{Futurama}} World of Tomorrow, during the first Halloween event, Farnsworth asks Bender's ghost to "find Fermat's spirit and find out if he was just trolling us."
28th Oct '17 5:19:12 AM Arcorann
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* When the general public gains access to {{Chronoscope}} technology in ''Literature/TheLightOfOtherDays'', a school student uses it to view Fermat's original notes and thus reconstruct the original proof.
13th Jul '17 12:38:13 PM LadyJaneGrey
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It's a math problem so incredibly difficult, nobody managed it for three and a half centuries.
20th May '17 3:29:59 PM Vindicar
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/244611/an-academic-visit An Academic Visit]]'', a pony math professor named Silver Compass occasionally works on "Starswirl's Unsolved Theorem". It happens to be identical to Fermat's Last Theorem. Some human characters show him the proof, making him extremely grateful. Silver Compass notes that the mathematical concepts needed for the proof have not yet been developed in Equestria.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/244611/an-academic-visit An Academic Visit]]'', ''FanFic/AnAcademicVisit'', a pony math professor named Silver Compass occasionally works on "Starswirl's Unsolved Theorem". It happens to be identical to Fermat's Last Theorem. Some human characters show him the proof, making him extremely grateful. Silver Compass notes that the mathematical concepts needed for the proof have not yet been developed in Equestria.
9th Feb '17 9:31:18 AM Seraph
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* In the Dutch comic ''Storm: De Kronieken van Pandarve'' [[note]]Storm: The Chronicles of Pandarve[[/note]], the [[GeniusLoci planetary intelligence Pandarve]] tries to solve Fermat's theorem to pass the time. When Storm needs her full attention to deal with an incoming meteor, he reveals that the theorem was solved, and that he knew that all the time but never told her. Pandarve gets quite enraged at this, partially because a mere human proved smarter than her, but mostly because she is now ''bored''. She calms down when Storm tells her about another unsolved problem, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldbach%27s_conjecture Goldbach's conjecture]].

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* In the Dutch comic ''Storm: ''[[ComicBook/StormDonLawrence Storm: De Kronieken van Pandarve'' Pandarve]]'' [[note]]Storm: The Chronicles of Pandarve[[/note]], the [[GeniusLoci planetary intelligence Pandarve]] tries to solve Fermat's theorem to pass the time. When Storm needs her full attention to deal with an incoming meteor, he reveals that the theorem was solved, and that he knew that all the time but never told her. Pandarve gets quite enraged at this, partially because a mere human proved smarter than her, but mostly because she is now ''bored''. She calms down when Storm tells her about another unsolved problem, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldbach%27s_conjecture Goldbach's conjecture]].
6th Jul '16 12:48:29 PM shokoshu
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' pulled a prank that supposedly 'proved' that Fermat's theorem was false. One episode showed a blackboard in the background that showed the equation 3987^12 + 4365^12 = 4472^12, which would prove Fermat false. The statement is false, but calculators register it as true because the numbers are so large.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' pulled a prank that supposedly 'proved' that Fermat's theorem was false. One episode showed a blackboard in the background that showed the equation 3987^12 + 4365^12 = 4472^12, which would prove Fermat false. The statement is false, but calculators register it as true because the numbers are so large. [[note]] (You are a mathematician if you disprove it in your head in five seconds with arithmetic modulo 4.) [[/note]]
14th Jun '16 8:26:12 PM SteelEdge
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' pulled a prank that supposedly 'proved' that Fermat's theorem was false. One episode showed a blackboard in the background that showed the equation 3987^12 + 4365^12 = 4472^12, which would prove Fermat false. The statement is false, but calculators register it as true because the numbers are so large.
11th Apr '16 10:32:32 PM Pichu-kun
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* "Prove Fermat's last theorem" occurs as a problem in an OnlySmartPeopleMayPass setup in ''Manga/GashBell''. It's posed to the dumbest member of the party, and the rest force the guardian to give a simpler question by making him admit that ''he'' doesn't know the answer.

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* "Prove Fermat's last theorem" occurs as a problem in an OnlySmartPeopleMayPass setup in ''Manga/GashBell''.''Manga/ZatchBell''. It's posed to the dumbest member of the party, and the rest force the guardian to give a simpler question by making him admit that ''he'' doesn't know the answer.
24th Aug '15 4:10:57 AM LondonKdS
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** In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Jadzia says that one of Dax's earlier hosts had the most original approach to Fermat's last theorem "since Wiles 300 years ago". This may be an attempted HandWave for the TNG example, by showing that people are still working on the problem in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe even though it's been solved.

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** In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Jadzia says that one of Dax's earlier hosts had the most original approach to Fermat's last theorem "since Wiles 300 years ago". This may be an attempted HandWave for the TNG example, by showing that people are still working on the problem in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe even though it's been solved. (Another interpretation might be that the characters are still trying to find a short proof that Fermat might have come up with, without the whole fields of mathematics developed later that the Wiles proof relied on.)
16th Mar '15 3:30:07 PM JCCyC
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For nearly all the notes, it didn't take long for other mathematicians to figure out what Fermat was talking about. The quoted one was the exception. As such, it became known as Fermat's last theorem--"last" not in the sense that it was the last mathematics he ever did (he almost certainly wrote the note fairly early in his life) but in the sense that it was the last claim he made to remain unproven. It took until nearly 350 years after Fermat's death until mathematicians Andrew Wiles and Richard Taylor released a proof in 1994.

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For nearly all the notes, it didn't take long for other mathematicians to figure out what Fermat was talking about. The quoted one was the exception. As such, it became known as Fermat's last theorem--"last" not in the sense that it was the last mathematics he ever did (he almost certainly wrote the note fairly early in his life) but in the sense that it was the last claim he made to remain unproven. It took until nearly 350 years after Fermat's death until mathematicians Andrew Wiles and Richard Taylor released a proof in 1994.
1994. The proof's effect in fiction that referenced it was a mess-up not unlike [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp that other one just a couple years prior]] -- most works set in the future just assumed the Theorem would remain unproven for centuries, millennia, or even forever.
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