dhkendall wrote: I've heard of "Fermat's Last Theorem", but that's almost all I know about it. The only other thing I know about it is that it's some impossible math thing that wasn't proven until recently. That is it. Have no idea what it is about, and the Wikipedia page soon bored me, couldn't make heads or tails of it
It's actually pretty simple. I assume you know the Pythagorean Theorem? a^2+b^2=c^2. Well, mathematicians spent years trying to find another exponent where that worked, but couldn't. The digits can only be "squared," nothing else. But they could not prove it. "Fermat's last theorem" supposedly did, but he didn't show it. He merely noted in the margin of another paper that he'd found a "remarkable proof" for the problem, but didn't publish it before he died. So for centuries, mathematicians tried to find "Fermat's last theorem." They had so much difficulty doing so, most believed Fermat was jerking their chains.