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Fermat's Enigma The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem

ISBN-10: 0385493622
ISBN-13: 9780385493628
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Description: xn + yn = zn, where n represents 3, 4, 5, ...no solution "I have discovered a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain." With these words, the seventeenth-century French mathematician Pierre de  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/8/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

xn + yn = zn, where n represents 3, 4, 5, ...no solution "I have discovered a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain." With these words, the seventeenth-century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat threw down the gauntlet to future generations.  What came to be known as Fermat's Last Theorem looked simple; proving it, however, became the Holy Grail of mathematics, baffling its finest minds for more than 350 years.  In Fermat's Enigma--based on the author's award-winning documentary film, which aired on PBS's "Nova"--Simon Singh tells the astonishingly entertaining story of the pursuit of that grail, and the lives that were devoted to, sacrificed for, and saved by it.  Here is a mesmerizing tale of heartbreak and mastery that will forever change your feelings about mathematics.

Simon Singh was born in Great Britain in 1964 and educated at Imperial College and the University of Cambridge (where he received a Ph. D. in particle physics). He worked at the European Centre for Particle Physics and the BBC's science department. At the BBC, he worked on Tomorrow's World. Singh and John Lynch produced and directed an award-winning documentary on Fermat's Last Theory. He later published a book on the same topic.

Foreword
Preface
"I Think I'll Stop Here"
The Riddler
A Mathematical Disgrace
Into Abstraction
Proof by Contradiction
The Secret Calculation
A Slight Problem
Grand Unified Mathematics
Appendixes
Suggestions for Further Reading
Picture Credits
Index

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