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CLIP 11230

Introduction to Fermat's Last Theorem and the idea of proof

Introduction to Fermat's Last Theorem and the idea of proof

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Key Info
  • Introduction to Fermat's Last Theorem and the idea of proof
  • Duration: 04:55
  • The background to Fermat's Last Theorem is explored, beginning with and building on Pythagoras' theorem. Andrew Wiles and others explain Fermat set out his problem, but was unable to write his proof down. The concept of mathematical proof is then explained, showing that you'd need to try an infinite number of numbers to be able to check Fermat numerically. This is not satisfactory to mathematicians, who want rigorous proof.
  • Subject:



    Historical and Cultural Roots

  • Keywords: pythagoras, trigonometry, theorem, measure, geometry, fermat, proof, rigour
Ideas for use in class
  • Students studying Higher GCSE and A-Level need to understand the concept of rigorous proof, and this could be used as a discussion starter on this topic.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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