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Fermat's enigma

the epic quest to solve the world's greatest mathematical problem

1st Anchor Books edition
  • 3.94 ·
  • 17 Ratings
  • 76 Want to read
  • 0 Currently reading
  • 24 Have read

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.

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Table of Contents

1.
"I Think I'll Stop Here" -- 1 -- 2.
The Riddler -- 35 -- 3.
A Mathematical Disgrace -- 71 -- 4.
Into Abstraction -- 121 -- 5.
Proof by Contradiction -- 171 -- 6.
The Secret Calculation -- 205 -- 7.
A Slight Problem -- 255 -- Epilogue
Grand Unified Mathematics -- 279
Suggestions for Further Reading -- 301
Picture Credits-- 306.

Edition Notes

Originally published: New York : Walker, 1997.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-305) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
512/.74
Library of Congress
QA244 .S55 1998

The Physical Object

Pagination
xviii, 315 p.
Number of pages
315

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24929145M
ISBN 10
0385493622
ISBN 13
9780385493628
LCCN
98027262
OCLC/WorldCat
39261994

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