A statement which can be demonstrated to be true by accepted mathematical operations and arguments. In general, a theorem is an embodiment of some general principle that makes it part of a larger theory.

According to the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman (1985), any theorem, no matter how difficult to prove in the first place, is viewed as ``Trivial'' by mathematicians once it has been proven. Therefore, there are exactly two types of mathematical objects: Trivial ones, and those which have not yet been proven.

**References**

Feynman, R. P. and Leighton, R. *Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!* New York: Bantam Books, 1985.

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