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1995; 60 minutes; VHS
List Price: US$54.95
Individual Members: US$43.96
Institutional Members: US$41.21
Order Code: VIDEO/97
When Andrew Wiles announced in June 1993 that he had proved Fermat's Last Theorem, mathematicians and nonexperts alike applauded his achievement. The proof was finally completed in November 1994, when Wiles and Richard Taylor filled a technical gap that had arisen. In this lecture, delivered two months after Wiles's historic announcement, Barry Mazur outlines the main ideas in this ground-breaking work. Mazur sets the context for the problem posed in Fermat's Last Theorem by discussing the ABC-Conjecture. He then focuses on three concepts and the key role they play in Wiles's work: elliptic curves, Galois representations, and modular forms. Bringing the lecture up to date is a new introduction by Mazur, prepared in March 1995 and included on this tape. Specialists and nonspecialists alike will appreciate this lucid and insightful exposition. It would be accessible to students with background in number theory and algebra.
"Aimed at a general mathematical audience, and told from the speakers unique perspective as one of the leaders in the field, this videotape is an excellent introduction to the circle of ideas surrounding Wiles's proof."
-- Mathematical Reviews
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