Andrew Wiles Quotes

32 Andrew Wiles quotes:

"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 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 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."
"I know it's a rare privilege, but if one can really tackle something in adult life that means that much to you, then it's more rewarding than anything I can imagine."
"I loved doing problems in school."
"I realized that anything to do with Fermat's Last Theorem generates too much interest."
"I really believed that I was on the right track, but that did not mean that I would necessarily reach my goal."
"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."
"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."
"I'm sure that some of them will be very hard and I'll have a sense of achievement again, but nothing will mean the same to me - there's no other problem in mathematics that could hold me the way that this one did."
"It could be that the methods needed to take the next step may simply be beyond present day mathematics. Perhaps the methods I needed to complete the proof would not be invented for a hundred 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."
"Mathematicians aren't satisfied because they know there are no solutions up to four million or four billion, they really want to know that there are no solutions up to infinity."
"Perhaps the methods I needed to complete the proof would not be invented for a hundred years. So even if I was on the right track, I could be living in the wrong century."
"Pure mathematicians just love to try unsolved problems - they love a challenge."
"The definition of a good mathematical problem is the mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself."

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