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Fermat's last theorem : the theorem and its proof, an exploration of issues and ideas

Author: Will HearstLenore BlumKarl RubinJohn B ConwayAndrew WilesAll authors
Publisher: Berkeley, Ca. : MSRI, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The videotape is based on a presentation at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco that took place on July 28, 1993, exactly five weeks after Andrew Wiles announced that he had a proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. The videotape also includes excerpts from an interview with Andrew Wiles made in Oxford, England, the day after he announced his proof in Cambridge. Both the booklet and the videotape are designed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Educational films
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Will Hearst; Lenore Blum; Karl Rubin; John B Conway; Andrew Wiles; Robert Osserman; Arlene Baxter; Gayle K Yamada; Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (Berkeley, Calif.)
ISBN: 0963990306 9780963990303
OCLC Number: 29816523
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: On booklet: Fermat's last theorem : a supplement to the video / edited by Robert Osserman for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (Includes bibliographical references).
Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
Preceded by an interview June 24, 1993 with Andrew Wiles, discoverer of the Fermat's theorem proof.
Credits: Project director, Arlene Baxter ; producer/director/editor, Gayle K. Yamada.
Performer(s): Moderator, Will Hearst.
Event notes: Recorded at the Fermat Fest held July 18, 1993 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California.
Description: 1 videocassette (98 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. + 1 booklet (56 p.)
Details: VHS format.
Contents: Prelude to Fermat : math and music / Robert Osserman --
Fermat, the problem, and its history / Lenore Blum --
Elliptic curves / Karl Rubin --
The solution / Ken Ribet --
A personal history of Fermat's last theorem / John Conway --
Panel discussion / moderated by Will Hearst with Lenore Blum, John Conway, Lee Dembart, and Ken Ribet.
Responsibility: presented by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.

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The videotape is based on a presentation at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco that took place on July 28, 1993, exactly five weeks after Andrew Wiles announced that he had a proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. The videotape also includes excerpts from an interview with Andrew Wiles made in Oxford, England, the day after he announced his proof in Cambridge. Both the booklet and the videotape are designed for a general audience. They deal not only with Fermat's Last Theorem itself, but with the excitement of mathematical discovery in general and the way mathematical ideas can illuminate other subjects.

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