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This could be an easy one, but here it is:

Well after his death, it saved his life. Then it wasted many others', but changed one's.
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His1=his2? Wasted=took life? Made life meaningless? Or miserable? One=one person?
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His1=his2? No! Wasted=took life? No Made life meaningless? Probably this Or miserable? Or maybe this One=one person? Yes, though to be correct, it changed many people's lives
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Let's call his1 Mark, His2 Robert. Was Mark HAM when he died? Is Robert HAM when his life is saved? Is the One also HAM? If so, can we call him Herbert?
Are any of the people involved famous? Is it an object? A discovery? A machine? Were the people whose life was wasted made irrelevant? Are their jobs relevant? Was a job made obsolete by "it"? Is superstition involved? Religion? Science? Progress?
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Let's call his1 Mark, His2 Robert. Sure, BTW this is true story Was Mark HAM when he died? Yes Is Robert HAM when his life is saved? Yes Is the One also HAM? Yes If so, can we call him Herbert? Yes
Are any of the people involved famous? Yes, to some degree Is it an object? No A discovery? Yesish A machine? Were the people whose life was wasted made irrelevant? No Are their jobs relevant? Yes Was a job made obsolete by "it"? No Is superstition involved? Religion? Science? This Progress? so, this
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Did it kill Mark? Did Mark make the discoverish? Science: medical science? Radiation? Biology? Chemistry? Space? Rocket science? Did this happen in the 19th century? 20th? 21st? Before the 19th? Was Herbert's life changed for the better? Worse? Just different?
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Did it kill Mark? No Did Mark make the discoverish? Yope Science: medical science? Radiation? Biology? Chemistry? Space? Rocket science? No>all Did this happen in the 19th century? 20th? 21st? Before the 19th? Yes Was Herbert's life changed for the better? Probably this Worse? Just different?
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Science: physics? Are the ones whose lives were wasted fellow scientists? Is Herbert a scientist?
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**CLARIFICATION** "Science" is quite a broad term; this wouldn't usually be called "science" but something more like "one of the sciences."
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Science: physics? No Are the ones whose lives were wasted fellow scientists? In the same sense of "science," yes Is Herbert a scientist? Same
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Is it mathematics?
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Is it mathematics? Yes
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Is Mark a mathematician? Is Robert? Is Herbert? Are the "life-wasted"s?

Is a specific mathematical law relevant? Theorem? Is a specific branch of mathematics relevant? If so, algebra? Geometry? Statistics? Trigonometry? Calculus?
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Is Mark a mathematician? Yes Is Robert? YesISH Is Herbert? Yes Are the "life-wasted"s? Almost certainly, most are

Is a specific mathematical law relevant? Theorem? Yes Is a specific branch of mathematics relevant? Yes If so, algebra? Geometry? Statistics? Trigonometry? Calculus? None of these is really the best classification, but there is a specific category for this
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Is the branch of mathematics an advanced one? Would it be learned in college? High school? Younger?
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Is the branch of mathematics an advanced one? "advanced" is quite ambiguous. Every branch has "advanced" parts. The branch is quite well-known, though, if not among the general public, then among 100% of mathematicians, as well as interested middle/high school students Would it be learned in college? This High school? In parts, possibly Younger? Parts, definitely
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Differential equations? Word problems?
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Differential equations? Word problems? No, and it's also quite general
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Were "they" mathematicians? Were their life works made irrelevant? Was a lot of time and energy spent on something that someone proved futile? Or pointless? Or really easy?
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Were "they" mathematicians? Yes Were their life works made irrelevant? No Was a lot of time and energy spent on something that someone proved futile? This Or pointless? Or really easy?
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Did Mark create/discover a math problem? Which Robert solved? Or Herbert? Was the proof in the form of "this is impossible, here's why"?
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Did Mark create/discover a math problem? Yes Which Robert solved?Noish Or Herbert?Yesish Was the proof in the form of "this is impossible, here's why"?No, the statement was absolutely correct
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Was the statement a theorem? Was the theorem later disproven? Proven true?

Millenium Problems relevant?
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Was the statement a theorem? It wasn't formally a theorem until it was proven, BUT... Was the theorem later disproven? Proven true? This

Millenium Problems relevant? No
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Was it a hypothesis? Was Herbert the one who proved it true? And the ones whose lives were wasted had tried (and failed) to do so?
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Was it a hypothesis? Yes, BUT... Was Herbert the one who proved it true? Yesish And the ones whose lives were wasted had tried (and failed) to do so? Yes
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Was Herbert the one who proved it beyond a doubt? Did Mark come up with the entire hypothesis? Was it assumed to be correct, even before it was confirmed?
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Was Herbert the one who proved it beyond a doubt? Yes, not directly though Did Mark come up with the entire hypothesis? The big hypothesis in question, yes Was it assumed to be correct, even before it was confirmed? Not quite sure how to answer; this is quite irrelevant. No decent mathematician likes to assume things
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Did Robert's life being saved assist in the formin of the hypothtesis? The proof? Was his life saved from murder? Accident? Suicide? Execution? Would he have died by [LTPF list of ways to die]?
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Did Robert's life being saved assist in the formin of the hypothtesis? No The proof? Yope Was his life saved from murder? Accident? Suicide? This Execution? Would he have died by [LTPF list of ways to die]? irrelevant method of suicide
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Did Mark save Robert's life? Relevant who did?
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Did Mark save Robert's life?Not directly Relevant who did? "It" did ^^ , no person directly stopped him from suicide
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Did the proof stop robert from sucide? Or the problem? Did he also waste his life trying to come up with a proof?
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Did the proof stop robert from sucide? This but FA Or the problem? Did he also waste his life trying to come up with a proof? No
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Was Robert's suicide attempt stopped? Simply unsuccessful? Was the proof around when Robert attempted suicide?
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Was Robert's suicide attempt stopped? Not by any other person Simply unsuccessful? Yes, it was unsuccessful, he didn't die. Was the proof around when Robert attempted suicide? Yes, with the same FA
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Did Robert attempt suicide? Would it have been an accidental suicide?
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Did Robert attempt suicide? Not quite; he had planned it and was preparing Would it have been an accidental suicide? No
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Was the attempt ever executed? Or was his attempt thwarted?
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Was the attempt ever executed? No Or was his attempt thwarted? Not thwarted by any other person
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Did something prevent him from actually making the attempt? Was it the hypothesis that did so? A physical object?
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Did something prevent him from actually making the attempt? Nothing physically prevented; he changed his mind Was it the hypothesis that did so? Not directly A physical object? More this
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Was the object a consequence of the proof? Or the hypothesis? Was it a book? Or paper? Relevant why Robert was considering suicide? Did he find life meaningless? Did the object provide new meaning to his life? Did he decide to become a mathematician instead of killing himself?
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Was the object a consequence of the proof? Same FA... yes Or the hypothesis? Was it a book? Or paper? This Relevant why Robert was considering suicide? No Did he find life meaningless? Did the object provide new meaning to his life? Yes Did he decide to become a mathematician instead of killing himself? Assume yes
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Was it the hypothesis that gave new meaning to his life? Finding the hypothesis?
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Was it the hypothesis that gave new meaning to his life? Yes...not directly Finding the hypothesis? The hypothesis was found by Mark, not Robert
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Did Robert decide to try and prove the hypothesis true? Did he find (not discover, but learn about) the hypothesis? And that's what saved him?
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Did Robert decide to try and prove the hypothesis true? No, at least not when he changed his mind about suicide Did he find (not discover, but learn about) the hypothesis? No, he was aware of its existence, but he found something else about it And that's what saved him? Yes
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Did he find a flaw in it?
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Did he find a flaw in it? it=? the hypothesis? no. the "proof" ? yes.
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Did Herbert find a proof that had no flaw? Or did Robert find a flaw in Herbert's proof?
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Did Herbert find a proof that had no flaw? No, but then Yes Or did Robert find a flaw in Herbert's proof? No, someone else's
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So Mark came up with a hypothesis, and someone make a proof of it. Robert, who was contemplating suicide, found a flaw in the proof, and this gave his life meaning. Many mathematicians wasted their lives trying to find a proof without a flaw, which Herbert eventually did.

Is this sequence of events correct? Is there still more to find?
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So Mark came up with a hypothesis, and someone make a proof of it. Robert, who was contemplating suicide, found a flaw in the proof, and this gave his life meaning. Many mathematicians wasted their lives trying to find a proof without a flaw, which Herbert eventually did.

Is this sequence of events correct? Yes Is there still more to find? The hypothesis!
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Is the hypothesis related to simple operations (addition, subraction, etc.)? Exponents? Logarithms? Order of operations? Division by zero? Anything involving zero?
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Is the hypothesis related to simple operations (addition, subraction, etc.)? Yes Exponents? Yes Logarithms? Order of operations? ??? could you clarify? Division by zero? Anything involving zero? Well, you can make anything involve zero; probably no
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Order of operations = Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication/Division, Addition/Subtraction (the order by which you perform operations in a single equation). Relevant?

Is the hypothesis related to a specific base? Exponent? Doubling relevant?
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Order of operations = Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication/Division, Addition/Subtraction (the order by which you perform operations in a single equation). Relevant?

Is the hypothesis related to a specific base? Exponent? Doubling relevant?

No to all (and one must always follow this order, so I still don't understand what it means for order of operations to be (ir)relevant
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I meant, was the order of operations relevant in the formation of the hypothesis?

Is the hypothesis well-known? Would a typical high-schooler know this?
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I meant, was the order of operations relevant in the formation of the hypothesis? I guess so...

Is the hypothesis well-known? Yes! Would a typical high-schooler know this? Sadly, probably not, at least in the U.S.
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Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 4:34 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hmmm...

Is the actual mathematician (whom we've been calling "Mark") well-known? If so, did he form this hypothesis in [LTPF list of centuries]?
Fermat1601 (Fermat1601)
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Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 5:32 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the actual mathematician (whom we've been calling "Mark") well-known? "Well-known" > less than Euler but more than Cardano If so, did he form this hypothesis in [LTPF list of centuries]? 17th
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Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 9:36 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Fermat relevant?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 4:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yeah, that's gotta be it - you beat me to it.

Fermat's Theorem: Excepting the Pythagorean Theorem, there is no set of numbers/exponents such that a^x + b^x = c^x. This right?
Fermat1601 (Fermat1601)
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Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 9:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes, and this should be enough for the
~!@#$%^&*()_+ SPOILER =-0987654321`
Fermat wrote down his famous "theorem," which it was assumed to be, in the margin of a book, saying that he had a simple proof. In the 1800s, Ernst Kummer apparently proved the theorem. This part of the story is sketchy, but a young man named Paul Wolfkehl was planning to commit suicide, and decided to spend his last night in the library. There, he stumbled upon Kummer's paper and found a mistake. ... Later, Wolfskehl became an industrial businessman. When he became rich, he commissioned a million-Mark prize to the person who would prove the theorem. So many fake or false proofs were sent in over the next 100 years that preprinted cards were sent in with the words "Dear Sir: The first error in your proof of Fermat's Theorem is on page __ line __." Then, in the 1990s, British mathematician Andrew Wiles proved the Taniyama-Shimura Conjecture, which had earlier been shown to imply Fermat's Theorem.

"Seek a man," the title of this puzzle, rearranges to "namesake." In fact, Fermat was born in 1601.
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Friday, July 30, 2010 - 3:19 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Brilliant puzzle, and I like the meaning of the title. I figured that Fermat was your namesake, but didn't know his birthyear. Nice!

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