Fermat's last theorem earns Andrew Wiles the Abel Prize

  title={Fermat's last theorem earns Andrew Wiles the Abel Prize},
  author={Davide Castelvecchi},
  • D. Castelvecchi
  • Published 17 March 2016
  • Mathematics, Medicine, Computer Science
  • Nature
British number theorist Andrew Wiles has received the 2016 Abel Prize for his solution to Fermat’s last theorem — a problem that stumped some of the world’s greatest minds for three and a half centuries. The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced the award — considered by some to be the ‘Nobel of mathematics’ — on 15 March. Wiles, who is 62 and now at the University of Oxford, UK, will receive 6 million kroner (US$700,000) for his 1994 proof of the theorem, which states that there… Expand
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