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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.

Try Love

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 Think

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.

Problems I

Fermat said he had a proof.

Had Proof Said