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Genre/Form: | Filmed lectures Educational films |
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Material Type: | Videorecording |

Document Type: | Visual material |

All Authors / Contributors: |
Barry Mazur; Andrew Wiles; Richard Taylor; American Mathematical Society.; Canadian Mathematical Society.; Mathematical Association of America. |

ISBN: | 0821804464 9780821804469 |

OCLC Number: | 33121606 |

Notes: | Tape available from AMS Videotape Library (AMS, Customer Services, P.O. Box 6248, Providence, RI 02940-6248). |

Performer(s): | [Lecturer], Barry Mazur. |

Event notes: | Presented at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, August 15, 1993. |

Target Audience: | For students with a background in number theory and algebra. |

Description: | 1 videocassette (49 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. |

Details: | VHS. |

Series Title: | AMS selected lectures in mathematics. |

Other Titles: | AMS-CMS-MAA joint invited address : |

Responsibility: | Barry Mazur ; American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of American ; Canadian Mathematical Society. |

### Abstract:

In June 1993 Andrew Wiles announced that he had proved Fermat's last theorem. The proof was finally completed in November 1994, when Wiles and Richard Taylor filled a technical gap that had arisen. In this lecture, Barry Mazur outlines the main ideas in this ground-breaking work. Mazur sets the context for the problem, then focuses on three concepts and the key role they play in Wiles' work: elliptoc curves, Galois representations, and modular forms. The lecture is preceded by an introduction by Mazur in March 1995, bringing the topic up to date.

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