Princeton’s guide to math generals

Stumbling upon a guide for Princeton graduate students about general examinations I found a few amusing bits.

First, in Brian Conrad’s exam:

Can you give a heuristic proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem?
(this last one was asked by Aizenman, the physicist!! Wiles and Faltings
seemed only slightly amused).


And also in Terence Tao’s exam, with a certain hindsight:

Talk about primes in arithmetic progressions.



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