Developers vs Mathematicians

Fermat’s last theorem has been waiting almost 350 years to be proven. Now, we can call it theorem but until 90s it should be called as statement. Because, theorem is a statement that has been proved. The question is that Fermat prove his last theorem?

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Pierre de Fermat

Fermat’s handwritten note was discovered in the margin of an arithmetic book after Fermat’s death. In that note, Fermat claimed that he has discovered a proof that xn + yn = zn has no integer solutions for n is greater than 2. Fermat’s exact note is that

It is impossible for a cube to be the sum of two cubes, a fourth power to be the sum of two fourth powers, or in general for any number that is a power greater than the second to be the sum of two like powers. I have discovered a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition that this margin is too narrow to contain.

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Homer Simpson fails at Fermat’s last theorem

That’s not certain but Fermat claims that he has already proven that statement. Suppose that we believe in Fermat. In this case, It is always a theorem. Fermat knows how to prove that statement. Moreover, he might have the proof but he would not share. He would keep to himself.

Mathematicians would not share the proofs in that period.

Most of developers look like (former) mathematicians (like Fermat).

For instance, how many developers around you have a professional blog? I’ve surprised about the story that simple programmer author makes money more than 1M dollars. Moreover, that story surprised me much more. A blogger went on cruise vacation and he had to live a week without internet. He would realize that his blog made 12K dollars in a week when he returned from the vacation. Even though there are lots of success stories, people prefer to have an egde about blogging.

What’s more, I’ve surprised about a Turkish developer‘s interview. He posts to stackoverflow. His posts take attention of recruiters. Then, he got hired to Pivotal Labs and moved to US. So, how many coworkers around you post on stackoverflow or quora when they found a solution?

Finally, GitHub is accepted as the new résumé. Today, some IT companies keep GitHub profiles into consideration. Well then, how many developers have GitHub profile and share codes regularly?

To sum up, (most of) developers look like (former) mathematicians. Would you support that statement?

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