I was so obsessed by this problem that I was thinking about it all the time - when I woke up in the morning, when I went to sleep at night - and that went on for eight years.
About Up Went
The definition of a good mathematical problem is the mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself.
Mathematics Mathematical Rather
Always try the problem that matters most to you.
Matters You Problem
I really believed that I was on the right track, but that did not mean that I would necessarily reach my goal.
Did Really Track
Pure mathematicians just love to try unsolved problems - they love a challenge.
But the best problem I ever found, I found in my local public library.
Library Public Best
However impenetrable it seems, if you don't try it, then you can never do it.
Then Never However
I don't believe Fermat had a proof. I think he fooled himself into thinking he had a proof.
I grew up in Cambridge in England, and my love of mathematics dates from those early childhood days.
Up Grew Early
I had this rare privilege of being able to pursue in my adult life, what had been my childhood dream.
Had Being Privilege
I loved doing problems in school.
Fermat said he had a proof.
Had Proof Said