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Quotation by Andrew Wiles:

...Mathematics... is a bit like discovering oil. ... But mathematics has one great advantage over oil, in that no one has yet ... found a way that you can keep using the same oil forever.

Andrew Wiles     (more by this author)

1953 -

Sir Andrew John Wiles, KBE, FRS (born 11 April 1953) is a British mathematician and a Royal Society Research Professor at Oxford University, specializing in number theory. He is most famous for proving Fermat's Last Theorem.

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Country: United Kingdom

Type: Prose
Context: Unknown
Context Details: Notices of the American Mathematical Society (1997), p588.
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