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There are 23 words in David Hilbert's statement on why he didn't try to solve Fermat's last theorem: "Before beginning I should put in three years of intensive study, and I haven't that much time to squander on a probable failure." Quoted in E. T. Bell Mathematics, Queen and Servant of Science (New York 1951). [Post]


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