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Throwback Fact of the Week - Fermat's Last Theorem - 7/10/14

"It is impossible for a cube to be the sum of two cubes, a fourth power to be the sum of two fourth powers, or in general for any number that is a power greater than the second to be the sum of two like powers. I have discovered a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition that this margin is too narrow to contain." - Pierre de Fermat, 1637

Stated formally, where x, y, z, and n are non-zero integers has no solutions for n > 2.

This equation, known famously as *Fermat's Last Theorem, *would remain unproven for over 350 years. Building off centuries of work by mathematicians, the theorem was finally proven by Andrew Wiles in 1994.

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