Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Curving beyond Fermat's last theorem," by Ivars Peterson. ScienceNews, 2 October 1999, page 221.

In mathematics, as in other aspects of the world, seemingly unrelated objects can sometimes be related in surprising ways. This article explains that mathematicians have recently proven the Taniyama-Shimura conjecture, which states that elliptic curves are actually disguised versions of a complicated mathematical object called a modular form. Aspects of this conjecture were previously proven and used by Andrew Wiles in his proof of Fermat's last theorem.

--- Elizabeth Moisan

American Mathematical Society