# Andrew Wiles's Quotes

*Born:* 1953-04-11

*Profession:* Mathematician

*Nation:* English

Biography of Andrew Wiles

It could be that the methods needed to take the next step may simply be beyond present day mathematics. Perhaps the methods I needed to complete the proof would not be invented for a hundred years.

**Tags:**May, Next, Step

Perhaps the methods I needed to complete the proof would not be invented for a hundred years. So even if I was on the right track, I could be living in the wrong century.

**Tags:**Living, Perhaps, Wrong

Then when I reached college I realized that many people had thought about the problem during the 18th and 19th centuries and so I studied those methods.

**Tags:**College, Problem, Thought

There's also a sense of freedom. I was so obsessed by this problem that I was thinking about if all the time - when I woke up in the morning, when I went to sleep at night, and that went on for eight years.

**Tags:**Freedom, Morning, Time

Well, some mathematics problems look simple, and you try them for a year or so, and then you try them for a hundred years, and it turns out that they're extremely hard to solve.

**Tags:**Hard, Simple, Try

However impenetrable it seems, if you don't try it, then you can never do it.

**Tags:**However, Seems, Try

I really believed that I was on the right track, but that did not mean that I would necessarily reach my goal.

**Tags:**Goal, Mean, Reach

Pure mathematicians just love to try unsolved problems - they love a challenge.

**Tags:**Challenge, Love, Try

Mathematicians aren't satisfied because they know there are no solutions up to four million or four billion, they really want to know that there are no solutions up to infinity.

**Tags:**Four, Million, Satisfied

We've lost something that's been with us for so long, and something that drew a lot of us into mathematics. But perhaps that's always the way with math problems, and we just have to find new ones to capture our attention.

**Tags:**Attention, Lost, Problems

I don't believe Fermat had a proof. I think he fooled himself into thinking he had a proof.

**Tags:**Fooled, Himself, Thinking

I grew up in Cambridge in England, and my love of mathematics dates from those early childhood days.

**Tags:**Childhood, Days, Love

I had this rare privilege of being able to pursue in my adult life, what had been my childhood dream.

**Tags:**Able, Dream, Life

I realized that anything to do with Fermat's Last Theorem generates too much interest.

**Tags:**Interest, Last, Realized

It's fine to work on any problem, so long as it generates interesting mathematics along the way - even if you don't solve it at the end of the day.

**Tags:**End, Problem, Work

The definition of a good mathematical problem is the mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself.

**Tags:**Good, Problem, Rather

The greatest problem for mathematicians now is probably the Riemann Hypothesis.

**Tags:**Greatest, Hypothesis, Problem

I know it's a rare privilege, but if one can really tackle something in adult life that means that much to you, then it's more rewarding than anything I can imagine.

**Tags:**Imagine, Life, Means

I tried to fit it in with some previous broad conceptual understanding of some part of mathematics that would clarify the particular problem I was thinking about.

**Tags:**Problem, Thinking, Tried