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This is a story about a mathematical breakthrough made by English mathematician Andrew Wiles in the late 20th century. In number theory, Fermat’s Last Theorem states that no three positive integers a, b, and c can satisfy the equation: an + bn = cn for any integer value of n greater than two. This theorem was first conjectured by Pierre de Fermat in 1637, famously in the margin of a copy of Arithmetica where he claimed he had a proof that was too large to fit in the margin. No successful proof was published until 1995 despite the efforts of many mathematicians. The unsolved problem stimulated the development of algebraic number theory in the 19th century and the proof of the modularity theorem in the 20th. It is among the most famous theorems in the history of mathematics.