Andrew Wiles Quotes


32 Andrew Wiles quotes:



"But the best problem I ever found, I found in my local public library."
"I grew up in Cambridge in England, and my love of mathematics dates from those early childhood days."
"I had this rare privilege of being able to pursue in my adult life, what had been my childhood dream."
"I really believed that I was on the right track, but that did not mean that I would necessarily reach my goal."
"I would wake up with it first thing in the morning, I would be thinking about it all day and I would be thinking about it when I went to sleep."
"There's also a sense of freedom. I was so obsessed by this problem that I was thinking about if all the time - when I woke up in the morning, when I went to sleep at night, and that went on for eight years."
"Well, some mathematics problems look simple, and you try them for a year or so, and then you try them for a hundred years, and it turns out that they're extremely hard to solve."
"That particular odyssey is now over. My mind is now at rest."
"Fermat said he had a proof."
"I realized that anything to do with Fermat's Last Theorem generates too much interest."
"I tried to fit it in with some previous broad conceptual understanding of some part of mathematics that would clarify the particular problem I was thinking about."
"I was so obsessed by this problem that I was thinking about it all the time - when I woke up in the morning, when I went to sleep at night - and that went on for eight years."
"It's fine to work on any problem, so long as it generates interesting mathematics along the way - even if you don't solve it at the end of the day."
"Just because we can't find a solution it doesn't mean that there isn't one."
"Here was a problem, that I, a ten year old, could understand and I knew from that moment that I would never let it go. I had to solve it."
"However impenetrable it seems, if you don't try it, then you can never do it."
"I hope that seeing the excitement of solving this problem will make young mathematicians realize that there are lots and lots of other problems in mathematics which are going to be just as challenging in the future."
"Pure mathematicians just love to try unsolved problems - they love a challenge."
"Then when I reached college I realized that many people had thought about the problem during the 18th and 19th centuries and so I studied those methods."
"I loved doing problems in school."



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