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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    (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.... :ninja:
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    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.
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    what is fermats theorem?

    and google is my friend but we fell out recently.
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    Yeh I just solved, while eating nacho's, yesterday night, thats why am on TSR this night
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    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..."
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    (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..."
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    (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..."

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    The Devil and Simon Flagg, by Arthur Porges.
 
 
 
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