Fermat's Last Theorem for Philosophers


Speaker: 
Colin McLarty, Case Western Reserve University
Date and Time: 
Friday, June 8, 2012 - 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Social Science Tower, Room 777
Contact for Further Information: 
Patty Jones, patty.jones@uci.edu or 949-824-1520

The Department of Logic & Philosophy of Science Colloquium Series presents

"Fermat's Last Theorem for Philosophers"
with Colin McLarty, Case Western Reserve University

Friday, June 8, 2012
3:00 p.m.
Social Science Tower, Room 777

The talk will introduce the ideas which geometrized current number theory and made the proofs of Fermat's Last Theorem possible. It will briefly describe those proofs and explain how and why Grothendieck introduced his universes, so large ZFC cannot prove they exist. And it will discuss recent progress on making the apparatus entirely rigorous on much weaker foundations aiming finally at an elementary proof.

For further information, please contact Patty Jones, patty.jones@uci.edu or 949-824-1520.


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