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Old 2011-02-14, 21:14   #1
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I am currently writing an outline for a historical essay on fermat's last theorem. Can anyone explain to me vaguely what sort of complex integers Cauchy and Lamé needed a proof of unique factorization for to solve the flaw in their proofs? The best refence to what they needed I can find is "certain kinds of complex numbers". I assume they didn't just need a proof for just gaussian integers as I can find several reasonably trivial proofs of that.
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Old 2011-02-15, 05:25   #2
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These ones?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermat%...eory_of_ideals
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heegner_number
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Thanks Merfighters. Strangely I had googled quite a bit but hadn't looked at wikipedia yet. Wikipedia is usually my first point of call as well.
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