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Philosopher Suggests Stripped Down Approach To Fermat’s Last Theorem
2013-03-04 19:30:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In 1637, the French lawyer and part-time mathematician Pierre de Fermat put forward a simple and elegant numerical riddle that would puzzle and confound math geeks for 358 years. Known as Fermat´s Last Theorem, or simply Fermat´s conjecture, the theorem states no whole, positive numbers can make the equation xn + yn = zn true when ℠n´ is greater than 2. Scribbling haphazardly in the margin of an old Greek math...


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cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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