July 8th, 2016, 05:11 PM  #11 
Math Team Joined: May 2013 From: The Astral plane Posts: 1,879 Thanks: 761 Math Focus: Wibbly wobbly timeywimey stuff. 
You mean that FLT can't be proved by High School level algebra? How shocking! Dan 
July 8th, 2016, 08:12 PM  #12  
Senior Member Joined: May 2016 From: USA Posts: 1,119 Thanks: 464  Quote:
I don't understand it. People don't decide they can elucidate, for example, the development and interrelationship of the feudal and manorial systems in medieval Europe. People don't decide they can develop a unified field theory for physics or find mechanisms to interfere with the propagation of cancer cells. What is it about mathematics that elicits grandiose claims?  
July 9th, 2016, 03:20 PM  #13 
Newbie Joined: Sep 2015 From: Perth Posts: 18 Thanks: 3  You're all being arseholes
You're all being arseholes to me. And for the record, plenty of people make grandiose claims in other subjects, including the subjects of cancer research and physics. But part of the reason it might be less common, if indeed it is, could be because maths is something people can do from home. You need equipment to work in other branches of science a lot of the time and other things in other areas. Obviously the reason Fermat has attracted so many wrong proofs (like mine) is because it's so simple to state but so hard (or impossible) to prove elementarily. None of you are better than me so cut the attitude. None of you proved Fermat's last theorem either. Oh wow, you didn't have the audacity to try. So what? Some people celebrate Wiles' audacity now that it paid off for him. Seems a bit of a double standard to shoot down anyone else who tries. Wiles could easily have failed. He had no way of knowing his plan would work. I'm sure you've failed on some level at some point in maths e.g. a wrong answer you thought was right in an exam or w/e. Similar principle. Crotchety bastards. I have to wonder what your real lives are like if you find it fulfilling or a good use of your time to shoot someone down on the internet when he's already probably a bit down because he's made a mistake. 
July 9th, 2016, 05:33 PM  #14 
Math Team Joined: May 2013 From: The Astral plane Posts: 1,879 Thanks: 761 Math Focus: Wibbly wobbly timeywimey stuff. 
I suppose I take the blame on this one. I wasn't trying to go after you specifically, mathsman1, but generally venting on all the threads that many others have posted on the same topic, using the same methods, and (not in your case) are generally overbearing and insist that they must be right. Unfortunately this caused a few others to take the opportunity to vent as well and it does indeed look like we were targeting you. I apologize for the confusion and where it lead to. Dan 
July 9th, 2016, 05:45 PM  #15  
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I get where your frustration comes from I think and sorry if I contributed to it. Having a bad day so coming into this thread again and seeing all the (what I perceived as) putdowns made it worse. That's probably where my last post came from.  

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