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Drama in Numbers

Putting a passion for mathematics on stage

1:38pm, December 16, 2002

As the curtain rises, an illuminated mathematical expression dominates the scene. "Do you see that theorem?" the narrator asks. "In 1637, Pierre de Fermat . . . wrote it down in the margin of a book. Then he added this tantalizing note." A spotlight suddenly reveals a bearded, bewigged, flashily dressed Fermat, who promptly sings,

"I have discovered a truly marvelous proof, a truly

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