Mathematics of Mario

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Mario is divisible by the square root of minus one.

contributed by dalinian61

Scientists fear that the world's supply of Mario facts is being depleted to such an extent that there'll be none left by the year 2015, which would have catastrophic knock-on consequences for the environment and lead to the extinction of several billion endangered species.

contributed by Esterhaus

But my fellow fruit-loop and Nobel laureate mathematician John Forbes Nash – subject of the book and film titled A Beautiful Mind – has a cast iron proof that the set of 'Facts About Mario' fills an infinite volume in any multi-dimentional phase space centred on the set 'Facts About Everything', so rest assured FAMsters, we've barely scratched the surface of a virus in a bacterium beneath a nematode parasite on a flea on one of 8,597,000 dogs arranged across the Isle of Wight to spell out FACTS ABOUT MARIO for the crew of the International Space Station to read (figuratively speaking).

(BTW, I'm not a Nobel laureate too, just a fellow fruit-loop, to clear up any ambiguity there)

contributed by dalinian61

While studying for his maths O-level, Mario solved mathematics' most obstinately difficult problem, dating from 1637: Fermat's last theorem, a statement in number theory that:

It is impossible to separate any power higher than the second into two like powers,

or, more precisely:

If an integer n is greater than 2, then the equation an + bn = cn has no solutions in non-zero integers a, b, and c.

The fact that the problem's statement is understandable by schoolchildren makes it all the more frustrating, and it has probably generated more incorrect proofs than any other problem in the history of mathematics.

Mario's proof involved an innovative excursion through the phase space of imaginary numbers – complex numbers whose squared value is a real number not greater than zero. The imaginary unit, usually known as "square root of minus one" and denoted by i, is an example of an imaginary number.

No correct proof was found for 357 years, until one was finally published by Andrew Wiles in 1995. Mario let Wiles take the credit, because ... (does this man's geekyness know no end???) ... he didn't want to come across The Big i Am.

contributed by dalinian61

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