2016 Abel Prize goes to British Mathematician Sir Andrew Wiles

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Oslo, March 17: British Mathematician Sir Andrew Wiles was named as the recipient for Abel Prize in 2016. The prize would be given by the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters in Oslo.

He won the award for solving a centuries-old hypothesis-Fermat's Last theorem.

An epochal achievement, the scientist will be presented the award by Crown Prince Haakon.

Fermat's Last theorem was an unsolved problem that stated that no three "positive integers a, b, and c satisfy the equation an + bn = cn for any integer value of n greater than two. The cases n = 1 and n = 2 are known to have infinitely many solutions since ancient times". Most notable theorems in the history of mathematics, it was in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most difficult mathematical problem.

The Abel prize is a Norwegian prize awarded annually to an outstanding mathematician. It is the Nobel prize for mathematics and is named after the renowned Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel.

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