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Fermat's enigma : the epic quest to solve the world's greatest mathematical problem

Author: Simon Singh
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1998.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First Anchor books editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Singh, Simon.
Fermat's enigma.
New York : Anchor Books, 1998
(DLC) 98027262
(OCoLC)39261994
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Singh
ISBN: 9780525435327 0525435328
OCLC Number: 974211406
Notes: Originally published: New York : Walker, 1997.
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 315 pages) : illustrations.
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.
Responsibility: Simon Singh ; foreword by John Lynch.
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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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