^{ Type post Author Robert J. Marks Date April 9, 2021 Categorized Arts & Culture, Mathematics Tagged __featured, Andrew Wiles, Diophantus, Fermat's Last Tango (musical), Fermat's Last Theorem, Gregory Chaitin, Mathematica (book), Pierre de Fermat }

## Fermat’s Last Tango: Lively Musical For Nerds

_{The ghost of Fermat and other giants from the Aftermath Club help (frustrate?) a mathematician’s effort to prove Fermat’s famous Last Theorem}

_{ Robert J. Marks April 9, 2021 Arts & Culture, Mathematics }

If you are a nerd, the musical Fermat’s Last Tango (2001) is hilarious. Mathematician Pierre de Fermat proposed his last theorem around 1637. He wrote a note in the margin of a copy of Arithmetica, a book written by a 3rd-century Alexandrian mathematician, Diophantus. Fermat’s short scribble claimed that he could prove that a specific Diophantine equation had no solution. But whatever Fermat was thinking died with him in 1665. A proof of Fermat’s last theorem eluded mathematicians over 300 years until Princeton’s Andrew Wiles proved it in 1995. Fermat’s Last Tango is a fantasy account of Wiles’s life while he was working on the proof. The play is a musical sprinkled with nerdy inside jokes. For example, part of…