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62 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 20 March 2008 06:18AM

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Comment author: Andrew4 20 March 2008 06:16:43PM 0 points [-]

This post made me remember an article I read sometime back about the proof to Fermat's last Theorem. I think Andrew Wiles said something of the sort that he felt sorry for taking a mystery of mathematics away from everyone else. I guess a lot of people took a lot of pleasure with possibility of a simple proof with 17th century mathematics; that mathematics was still be attainable to the amateur. Just something it made me think of.