The Nobel Prize in mathematics for proving Fermat's last theorem

The impressive demonstration of Fermat's last theorem has earned the British mathematician Andrew Wiles the 2016 Abel Prize, considered the Nobel Prize in mathematics, and which is endowed with 600,000 euros.

The problem had been without solution since 1637, when the mathematician Pierre Fermat raised the problem, when reading in 1637 a copy of Arithmetic from Alexandria Diofanto, in which the Pythagorean theorem was spoken. With only ten years of age, Wiles began working on him. After decades of undue effort, he managed to solve it in 1994.

He Abel Prize It is an international recognition to a whole scientific career in the field of mathematics, awarded by the Academy of Sciences and Letters. The Abel Prize Committee considers that "there are few results that have such a rich mathematical history and a demonstration as spectacular as Fermat's last theorem."

Wiles (Cambridge, 1953), he trained at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and later expanded his studies in the United States and France. After several stays abroad, Wiles returned to Oxford in 2011 as a research professor at the Royal Society.