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Old 2004-11-29, 06:10   #1
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OPERATIONS RESEARCH

This branch of Maths was born during the second world war; the urgent need
of solving tactical and other problems motivated a joint attack of the problems
by mathematicians, drawn from various branches of mathematics, and
scientists/engineers . This resulted in the development of Linear Programming.
Dynamic Programming,Queing Theory and others and went under the collective
name: "Operations Research".

I used to wonder why this technique was not adopted for tackling FLT.
In other words, perhaps the jt. attack of FLC by a group consisting of
Number Theorists, algebraists, Geometers, Topologists etc. would have
perhaps resulted in the proof; and then I realised the reason why this
approach was not adopted: fear of PLAGIARISM.
A.K. Devaraj
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OPERATIONS RESEARCH

This branch of Maths was born during the second world war; the urgent need
of solving tactical and other problems motivated a joint attack of the problems
by mathematicians, drawn from various branches of mathematics, and
scientists/engineers . This resulted in the development of Linear Programming.
Dynamic Programming,Queing Theory and others and went under the collective
name: "Operations Research".

I used to wonder why this technique was not adopted for tackling FLT.
In other words, perhaps the jt. attack of FLC by a group consisting of
Number Theorists, algebraists, Geometers, Topologists etc. would have
perhaps resulted in the proof; and then I realised the reason why this
approach was not adopted: fear of PLAGIARISM.
A.K. Devaraj
LOL.

I don't think it was fear of plagiarism, though. FLT is one of those problems that is hard to solve and doesn't give you much in return.
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