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I really believed that I was on the right track, but that did not mean that I would necessarily reach my goal. Andrew Wiles#Believed 65
Andrew Wiles#Believed 65
Fermat said he had a proof. Andrew Wiles#Fermat 64
Andrew Wiles#Fermat 64
Always try the problem that matters most to you. Andrew Wiles#Matters 63
Andrew Wiles#Matters 63
I had this rare privilege of being able to pursue in my adult life, what had been my childhood dream. Andrew Wiles#Able 58
Andrew Wiles#Able 58
I hope that seeing the excitement of solving this problem will make young mathematicians realize that there are lots and lots of other problems in mathematics which are going to be just as challenging in the future. Andrew Wiles#Challenging 56
Andrew Wiles#Challenging 56
The definition of a good mathematical problem is the mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself. Andrew Wiles#Definition 52
Andrew Wiles#Definition 52
It could be that the methods needed to take the next step may simply be beyond present day mathematics. Perhaps the methods I needed to complete the proof would not be invented for a hundred years. Andrew Wiles#Beyond 49
Andrew Wiles#Beyond 49
But the best problem I ever found, I found in my local public library. Andrew Wiles#Best 49
Andrew Wiles#Best 49
That particular odyssey is now over. My mind is now at rest. Andrew Wiles#Mind 48
Andrew Wiles#Mind 48
There are proofs that date back to the Greeks that are still valid today. Andrew Wiles#Date 47
Andrew Wiles#Date 47
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