Published : Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | 12:43 AM
In 1637, mathematician Pierre de Fermat made a conjecture which is now known as “Fermat’s Last Theorem” – an unsolved puzzle which baffled mathematicians for centuries. In 1994, British mathematician Andrew Wiles was successful in proving Fermat’s Theorem. It is among the most famous theorems in the history of mathematics.
On Thursday, Waverly high school students enjoyed a “standing-room only” visit and mathematical discussion with Caltech professor and Waverly parent Dr. Matthias Flach, who played a role in Andrew Wiles stunning achievement. Matthias explained how a paper he had authored as a post-doctoral fellow offered a promising lead for Andrew Wiles in his pursuit of the proof.
Waverly School thanks Dr. Matthias Flach for visiting the high school and sharing his explorations.