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Timetable (LFNW01)

Fermat’s Last Theorem: A celebration 25 years on

Monday 1st October 2018

Monday 1st October 2018
13:45 to 14:20 Arrival. Tea and Coffee.
14:20 to 14:30 David Abrahams (Isaac Newton Institute)
Welcome introduction
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14:30 to 15:00 Andrew Wiles (University of Oxford)
Some reflections on the Fermat problem
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15:00 to 16:00 Jack Thorne (University of Cambridge)
Modularity, old and new
The ideas surrounding Wiles' proof of Fermat's Last Theorem have inspired many mathematicians, and continue to do so. I will discuss some of these ideas and some recent results and questions which use them in an essential way.
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16:00 to 17:00 John Coates (University of Cambridge)
The oldest problem
The congruent number problem is the oldest unsolved major problem in number theory, with its written history going back over 1000 years. It has played a pivotal role in the evolution of diophantine geometry. In particular, it led Fermat to conjecture his "last theorem", and it also contains the first striking, and still unproven, example of the conjecture of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer. My lecture will recall the history, and discuss some recent work on the problem.
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17:00 to 18:00 Presentation to Sir Andrew Wiles followed by Wine Reception
University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
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