Talk:Proof of Fermat's Last Theorem for specific exponents

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Just wondering, who would stumble across this page without knowing what even and odd numbers are. It's a fairly high-level mathematics article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 21:18, 18 February 2011

I would have thought that too, if I had not had years of experience of teaching mathematics. It's amazing how many people, for example, for some reason don't think that 0 is even. Also, many people have encountered the concepts "even" and "odd" only in the context of positive integers, and unless they are explicitly told that negative integers are also odd or even, are very likely to take "even", for example, as meaning "even and positive". This applies even to many people of quite high mathematical ability, if they have never encountered the sue of the words "odd" and "even" in any context other than the positive integers. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 14:31, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

This is a Wikipedia talk page, not a forum[edit]

A Wikipedia talk page is for discussions relating to editing the corresponding Wikipedia article, not for publishing supposed proofs of theorems, for linking to such supposed proofs on other web sites, or anything similar. An editor from Vietnam has recently been using several talk pages of articles to publicise attempts at mathematical proofs. To that editor, please don't. There are plenty of internet forums, blogs, etc where the kind of thing you have been doing would be accepted, but a Wikipedia talk page is not one of them. Continuing in the same way may lead to the range of IP addresses that you use being blocked from editing. That would not be a disaster, since the majority of the other editing from that range is vandalism anyway, but it would be a pity, since there have occasionally been constructive edits from that range, and they would be blocked along with the unconstructive edits. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 14:22, 28 February 2014 (UTC)