Plus Advent Calendar Door #3: Celebrating milestones

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The end of the year (as well as a Plus birthday today) put us in the mood to reflect on mathematical milestones.

In recent years maths has hit the front page with Andrew Wiles' proof of Fermat's last theorem and Grigori Perelman's proof of the Poincaré conjecture. Maths has also hit the jackpot with the Google page rank algorithm, changing the way the we find information and the way we do business. And Thomas Hales' computer-aided proof of Kepler's Conjecture might signal the way mathematics will be changing in the years to come.

Find out more about the biggest mathematical moments in the last 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000 years.

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