# Examples of mathematical results discovered “late”

What are examples of mathematical results that were discovered surprisingly late in history? Maybe the result is a straightforward corollary of an established theorem, or maybe it's just so simple that it's surprising no one thought of it sooner.

The example that makes me ask is the 2011 paper John Baez mentioned called "Two semicircles fill half a circle", which proves a fairly simple geometrical fact similar to those that have been pondered for thousands of years.

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I'm likely off, but isn't the posted problem quickly solved by use of coordinate geometry? –  Draksis Mar 4 at 23:00

$a^n+b^n\neq c^n$ For n bigger than 2