Frequently Asked Questions in Mathematics
The Sci.Math FAQ Team.
Copyright (C) 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995,
This is a compilation of Frequently Asked Questions (and their
answers) about Mathematics. Topics range from trivia and the trivial
to advanced subjects such as Wiles recent proof
of Fermat's Last Theorem.
You can consult the table of contents, but first you have to see
which format is more suitable for your needs.
Since HTML doesn't
handle math symbols very well (yet) there
are several versions available of this document. At this time the DVI
and PostScript versions are the newest.
(See list of updates).
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The Math FAQ is a so-called living document, meaning that changes and
updates are constantly being introduced. This list should help you decide
if it is the time to have a second look at the document.
- March, 1997. Yet more new record primes. Updates to
Hilbert's section. Many other minor suggestions.
- December, 1995. New record primes. New section on Algebraic
Numbers by Andrea de Paoli. Information about the International Math
Olympiad home page.
- November, 1995. As promised, the new version of the FAQ
is now available in HTML for both graphic and text based browsers.
- October, 1995. FAQ made into book format, with a more natural
division in chapters and sections. More updates on Fermat's last theorem.
Largest primes. Mathematical Constants.
March, 1995. Fermat's last theorem update. Textbook section. Largest
known primes. List of record numbers. Unsolved Problems. Trisection
of the Triangle. Naming of Large Numbers.
- February, 1995. Fields Medal Winners. 0^0=1. Fields Medal history.
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