# Fermat's last theorem

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## Fer·mat's last theorem

(fĕr-mäz′)
n.
The theorem that the equation an + bn = cn has no solutions in positive integers a, b, c if n is an integer greater than 2. It was stated as a marginal note by Pierre de Fermat around 1630 and not proved until 1994 by the British mathematician Andrew Wiles (born 1953).

## Fermat's last theorem

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n
(Mathematics) (in number theory) the hypothesis that the equation xn + yn = zn has no integral solutions for n greater than two

## Fer·mat's last theorem

(fĕr-mäz′)
A theorem stating that the equation an + bn = cn has no solution if a, b, and c are positive integers and if n is an integer greater than 2. The theorem was first stated by the French mathematician Pierre de Fermat around 1630, but not proved until 1994.
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Over the centuries that followed, many mathematicians tried to prove Fermat's conjecture but invariably failed.
If Wiles' proof holds up, it does far more than establish Fermat's conjecture as a theorem.
If Miyaoka's proof survives the mathematical community's intense scrutiny, then fermat's conjecture (as it ought to be called until a proof is firmly established) can truly be called a theorem.
Fermat's conjecture (as it should properly be called until aproof is found) is related to a statement by the Greek mathematician Diophantus, who observed that there are whole numbers, x, y and z, that satisfy the equation x2 y2 = z2.

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