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in “The Devil and Simon Flagg”, a short story written by Arthur Porges in 1954, the hero makes a deal with the Devil. Simon Flagg’s only hope of saving his soul is to pose a question that the Devil cannot answer, so he asks for a proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem. After accepting defeat, the Devil says: “Do you know, not even the best mathematicians on other planets—all far ahead of yours—have solved it? Why, there’s a chap on Saturn — he looks something like a mushroom on stilts — who solves partial differential equations mentally; and even he’s given up.”

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Mushrooms on mars 1125 michael seabrook 28-Mar-19 21:45
Re: Mushrooms on mars 222 D-Archer 29-Mar-19 10:59
Re: Mushrooms on mars 185 michael seabrook 31-Mar-19 20:35
Mod Note > Topic Moved 207 Dr. Troglodyte 29-Mar-19 15:38
Re: Mushrooms on mars 177 debraregypt 31-Mar-19 16:24
Re: Mushrooms on mars 181 debraregypt 31-Mar-19 16:31
Re: Mushrooms on mars 180 michael seabrook 31-Mar-19 20:34
Re: Mushrooms on mars 272 D-Archer 03-Apr-19 08:58

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