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[Cryptography] Goro Shimura, 89, Mathematician RIP

Goro Shimura, 89, Mathematician With Broad Impact, Is Dead


"His insights led to tools widely used in modern cryptography."

"A proof of a form of the Taniyama-Shimura conjecture would also prove Fermat's Last Theorem. In the 1990s, Andrew Wiles, then also at Princeton, figured out how to do just that, and Fermat's Last Theorem had finally been proved true.

Dr. Wiles, now at the University of Oxford in England, wrote in an email that the Taniyama-Shimura conjecture was "a fundamental pivot in the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem." The proof also employed other key results of Dr. Shimura's research, he said."

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