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Your own maths theorem for £15

Pythagoras spent his life proving his, and Fermat died still trying – but for the would-be genius today, a mathematical theorem is only a mouse-click away.

Scots can now buy their place in scientific history thanks to an innovative scheme that will let them name a new formula. For a token fee, experts at Edinburgh University will dream up a brand new theorem and name it anything the buyer chooses.

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Just don’t expect to understand what has been bought.

The spin-off is the brainchild of one of the country’s leading young scientists, Italian mathematician Flaminia Cavallo.

The researcher graduated from Edinburgh last year at the top of her peer group, taking a first-class honours degree. She now works in artificial intelligence at the school of informatics, where she uses cutting-edge computer software to generate the unique theorems.

According to mathematical tradition, the author of a theorem can assign it their own name or any other name they choose, and this will then be used whenever the theorem is discussed.

Because the theorems – described by Ms Cavallo as “things of beauty” – are mathematically sound, they come with a lifetime guarantee.

The theorems start at £15 each – £20 cheaper than changing your name to Pythagoras by deed poll.

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