**kevyn@watarts.UUCP (KCT)** (01/09/85)

For the last few centuries, no-one has been able to produce a valid proof or disproof of Fermat's Last Theorem. My question is:

**kevyn@watarts.UUCP (KCT)** (01/09/85)

Please excuse my last article; the terminal screwed up. My question is this: A previous article stated that Fermat's Last Theorem may not even be provable by "elementary" methods. What, exactly, is an "elementary" method? Furthermore, what is the basis for the meta-mathematics used by Godel and others to produce items like Godel's Theorem? Are these basic axioms interchangable? How "basic" is "basic"? I don't really expect a definite answer to each of these questions, of course, but in light of the news of the "proof" of FLT, it's hard not to ask! { andthisbunchofdrivelishereso"ask!"won'tfeelallalone } Yours truly, Kevyn Collins-Thompson , University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, CANADA !! ....{allegra|clyde|utzoo|ihnp4|decvax}!watmath!watarts!kevyn