20041129, 06:10  #1 
May 2004
2^{2}·79 Posts 
Maths Musings III
OPERATIONS RESEARCH
This branch of Maths was born during the second world war; the urgent need of solving tactical and other problems motivated a joint attack of the problems by mathematicians, drawn from various branches of mathematics, and scientists/engineers . This resulted in the development of Linear Programming. Dynamic Programming,Queing Theory and others and went under the collective name: "Operations Research". I used to wonder why this technique was not adopted for tackling FLT. In other words, perhaps the jt. attack of FLC by a group consisting of Number Theorists, algebraists, Geometers, Topologists etc. would have perhaps resulted in the proof; and then I realised the reason why this approach was not adopted: fear of PLAGIARISM. A.K. Devaraj 
20041129, 17:24  #2  
Mar 2004
509 Posts 
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I don't think it was fear of plagiarism, though. FLT is one of those problems that is hard to solve and doesn't give you much in return. 

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