20080611, 16:38  #12 
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20080611, 17:08  #13  
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 complex questions have complex answers, so therefore simple questions must have simple answers  mathematics is an edifice of pure thoughtstuff, and not a 'trade' like neurosurgery, so the cost of entry is perceived as zero  Fame is nice, and finding that simple answer will make me famous Compare Wiles' proof of Fermat's Last Theorem (available as a PDF from the relevant wikipedia page) to the average (attempt at an) algebraic proof. I've heard that the number of purported proofs of FLT actually increased after Wiles' result was published. 

20080611, 18:01  #14  
Nov 2003
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The most amazing thing to me is the hubris implied by someone even *trying* to give a simple proof. What makes these people think that they can find a simple answer that has eluded so many experts for so long??? Last fiddled with by R.D. Silverman on 20080611 at 18:03 Reason: My deletion of text deleted the '/' 

20080611, 18:37  #15 
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Distrust of authority is ordinarily healthy...though of course the burden is on you (always) to not be wrong

20080611, 20:41  #16  
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May 2003
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One of my responses is that almost everyone in the overdeveloped world has received an education in mathematics but hardly anyone has had any education in surgery. Therefore, people are more confident in the former than the latter. (The counterargument, which hardly anyone produces, so I'm revealing it as a public service, is that "medicine", not "surgery" is a closer match to "mathematics" and that almost everyone has some exposure to basic medicine as a recipient and as a practitioner.) Paul 

20080612, 11:28  #17 
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20080612, 11:58  #18  
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20080612, 14:00  #20  
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Don't get me wrong I'm not saying that Wiles' proof is wrong.I'm just pointing out that a simpler proof is more accessible and more people will be convinced of its truth. That's why we have people still coming up with proofs to FLT but no one attempting to disprove Pythagoras' theorem. 

20080612, 23:58  #21  
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20080613, 01:04  #22 
Nov 2006
Singapore
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You don't kill anyone doing mathematics unlike brain surgery so there is no liability in being a crank.(except being called on of course.)

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