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University of Minnesota Math Club

Math Club meets most Thursdays of the semester at 12:20 pm in Vincent 570.

Math Club is open to all undergraduate students in mathematics; students from other programs are also welcome. The goal of the club is to provide a forum for students to meet and discuss issues of common interest, such as careers in mathematics, research, graduate school, academic concerns, internship opportunities, scholarships, special lectures, and summer programs.

The Math Club is very grateful to Professor Willard and Mrs. Jane Miller for their generous donations to promote student activities.

This Week

Please join us for seminars and lectures at 12:20 on Thursdays in Vincent Hall 570, and join our Facebook group, UMN Math Club! All majors are welcome to join and attend.

Date: 11/21/2019

12:20pm

Vincent 570

David DeMark: Fermat's Last Theorem: 350-1995 C.E.

In this talk, I give a historical account of Fermat's last theorem. First conjectured in the 17th century by French mathematician Pierre de Fermat, the theorem states that A^n+B^n=C^n has no integer solution (A,B,C) with ABC not being equal to zero if n>2. Though easy to state, the problem proved elusive, only admitting partial progress until Sir Andrew Wiles and Richard Taylor provided a decisive proof in the 1990s. Along the way are a number of interesting mathematical tangents and character drama sketches which I will eagerly dive into. I will finish out by gesturing extremely vaguely at the machinery that went in to Wiles' proof.