2009-10-14

"Discovered"

Andrew Wiles "discovered" the proof for Fermats last theorem much in the same way I "discovered" two matching socks in my sock-drawer this morning. I can assure you that neither undertaking is by any means trivial and the use of the word "discovered" seems to suggest an almost casual coincidence rather than laborious process.

Andrew Wiles did not discover the proof. The guy dug it out of granite with his bare hands by an act of sheer stubborn will.

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