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The World's Most Famous Math Problem: The Proof of Fermat's Last Theorem and Other Mathematical Mysteries

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June 23, 1993. A Princeton mathematician announces that he has unlocked, after thousands of unsuccessful attempts by others, the greatest mathematical riddle in the world. Dr. Wiles demonstrates to a group of stunned mathematicians that he has provided the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem (the equation x" + y" = z," where "n is an integer greater than 2, has no solution in positive numbers), a problem that has confounded scholars for over 350 years.

Here in this brilliant new book, Marilyn vos Savant, the person with the highest recorded IQ in the world explains the mathematical underpinnings of Wiles's solution, discusses the history of Fermat's Last Theorem and other great math problems, and provides colorful stories of the great thinkers and amateurs who attempted to solve Fermat's puzzle.

Review:

"A delightful, informative, and accurate book about the probable proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. This book is highly recommended even to readers who think they hate math." Martin Gardner

Review:

"Within a few minutes of the conclusion of his Dr. Wiles's final lecture, computer mail messages were winging around the world as mathematicians alerted each other to the startling and wholly unexpected result." New York Times

Synopsis:

June 23, 1993. A Princeton mathematician announces that he has unlocked, after thousands of unsuccessful attempts by others, the greatest mathematical riddle in the world. Dr. Wiles demonstrates to a group of stunned mathematicians that he has provided the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem (the equation x" + y" = z", where n is an integer greater than 2, has no solution in positive numbers), a problem that has confounded scholars for over 350 years.

Here in this brilliant new book, Marilyn vos Savant, the person with the highest recorded IQ in the world explains the mathematical underpinnings of Wiles's solution, discusses the history of Fermat's Last Theorem and other great math problems, and provides colorful stories of the great thinkers and amateurs who attempted to solve Fermat's puzzle.

About the Author

Marilyn vos Savant's "Ask Marilyn" column is featured in Parade magazine every Sunday. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312106577
Author:
Vos Savant, Marilyn
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Author:
Savant, Marilyn Vos
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Number Theory
Subject:
Fermat's last theorem
Subject:
Mathematics-Number Theory
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
76
Publication Date:
19931031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.229 in

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"Review" by , "A delightful, informative, and accurate book about the probable proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. This book is highly recommended even to readers who think they hate math."
"Review" by , "Within a few minutes of the conclusion of his Dr. Wiles's final lecture, computer mail messages were winging around the world as mathematicians alerted each other to the startling and wholly unexpected result."
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June 23, 1993. A Princeton mathematician announces that he has unlocked, after thousands of unsuccessful attempts by others, the greatest mathematical riddle in the world. Dr. Wiles demonstrates to a group of stunned mathematicians that he has provided the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem (the equation x" + y" = z", where n is an integer greater than 2, has no solution in positive numbers), a problem that has confounded scholars for over 350 years.

Here in this brilliant new book, Marilyn vos Savant, the person with the highest recorded IQ in the world explains the mathematical underpinnings of Wiles's solution, discusses the history of Fermat's Last Theorem and other great math problems, and provides colorful stories of the great thinkers and amateurs who attempted to solve Fermat's puzzle.

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