Fermat's Last Theorem
An "electric atomosphere" is not what you expect at a maths lecture. But it is what prevailed when Andrew Wiles announced his proof of a 350yearoldold problem, Fermat's last theorem, exactly 20 years ago. 
Neil Pieprzak tells the fascinating story of Andrew Wiles who, with intense devotion and in secret, proved a deceptively simplelooking conjecture that had defeated mathematicians for almost 400 years.



A mathematician finds another proof for Fermat's last theorem

Why do so many people say they hate mathematics, asks David Acheson? The truth, he says, is that most of them have never been anywhere near it, and that mathematicians could do more to change this perception  perhaps by emphasising the element of surprise that so often accompanies mathematics at its best.

One million dollars is waiting to be won by anyone who can solve one of the grand mathematical challenges of the 21st century. In the second of two articles, Chris Budd looks at the wellposedness of the NavierStokes equations.


Robert Hunt concludes our Origins of Proof series by asking what a proof really is, and how we know that we've actually found one. One for the philosophers to ponder...
