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# The devils attempt to solve fermats theorem watch

1. Didnt the devil attempt to solve fermats last theorem? I think he went for help to the guy who could solve partial differential equations in his head, but had no luck.
2. You're on about the poem or riddle that was (in)famously written about Femat's Last Theorem (discussed in Simon Singh's book)? Basically it went something like that there's a Martian on another planet who can solve partial differential equations (or something harder?) in near-nanoseconds, but "even he couldn't solve Fermat's Last Theorem"?

I can't think of where the devil was worked into this?
3. I think it was along the lines of someone betting the devil they couldn't solve FLT; and the devil went to ask the person who could solve partial differential equations (on Saturn, I think :/)

Been a while since I read the Singh book.
4. (Original post by blackdragonthegreat)
Didnt the devil attempt to solve fermats last theorem? I think he went for help to the guy who could solve partial differential equations in his head, but had no luck.
it wasnt the devil. it was me....
5. Wtf? what a pointless thread, the whole reason that was said was just to show how hard it was to solve it.. no need to take it literally.
6. what is fermats theorem?

and google is my friend but we fell out recently.
7. Yeh I just solved, while eating nacho's, yesterday night, thats why am on TSR this night
8. A mathematician has spent years trying to prove the Riemann hypothesis - without success. Finally, he decides to sell
his soul to the devil in exchange for a proof. The devil promises to deliver a proof within four weeks.

Four weeks pass, but nothing happens. Half a year later, the devil shows up again - in a rather gloomy mood.

"I'm sorry", he says. "I couldn't prove the Riemann hypothesis either. But" - and his face lightens up - "I think I
found a really interesting lemma..."
9. (Original post by The Bachelor)
A mathematician has spent years trying to prove the Riemann hypothesis - without success. Finally, he decides to sell
his soul to the devil in exchange for a proof. The devil promises to deliver a proof within four weeks.

Four weeks pass, but nothing happens. Half a year later, the devil shows up again - in a rather gloomy mood.

"I'm sorry", he says. "I couldn't prove the Riemann hypothesis either. But" - and his face lightens up - "I think I
found a really interesting lemma..."
10. (Original post by The Bachelor)
A mathematician has spent years trying to prove the Riemann hypothesis - without success. Finally, he decides to sell
his soul to the devil in exchange for a proof. The devil promises to deliver a proof within four weeks.

Four weeks pass, but nothing happens. Half a year later, the devil shows up again - in a rather gloomy mood.

"I'm sorry", he says. "I couldn't prove the Riemann hypothesis either. But" - and his face lightens up - "I think I
found a really interesting lemma..."

11. The Devil and Simon Flagg, by Arthur Porges.

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