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

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"[A]n excellent and very worthwhile account of one of the most dramatic and moving events of the century." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"The history of mathematics comes alive even for those who dread balancing their checkbooks." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Singh captures the joys and frustrations of this quest for an extremely elusive proof...and builds to a truly engrossing climax. It's a mathematical page-turner." Library Journal

Review:

"A good overview of one of the great intellectual puzzles of modern history." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Compelling, dramatic, and entirely accessible, "Fermat's Enigma" is a mesmerizing tale of heartbreak and mastery, and one that will forever change the reader's feelings about mathematics. Simon Singh co-produced an award-winning documentary film on Fermat's Last Theorem that aired on PBS's "Nova" series. 21 illustrations.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references and index.

About the Author

Simon Singh received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cambridge. A BBC producer, he directed and coproduced an award-winning documentary film on Fermat's Last Theorem that aired on PBS's "Nova" series. He is also the author of the bestselling The Code Book:  The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography.  He lives in London, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385493628
Foreword:
Lynch, John
Author:
Singit, Simon
Author:
Singh, Simon
Author:
Lynch, John
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Number Theory
Subject:
Fermat's last theorem
Subject:
History -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Mathematics -- History.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7 x 4.58 x 0.79 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 336 pages Anchor Books - English 9780385493628 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A]n excellent and very worthwhile account of one of the most dramatic and moving events of the century."
"Review" by , "The history of mathematics comes alive even for those who dread balancing their checkbooks."
"Review" by , "Singh captures the joys and frustrations of this quest for an extremely elusive proof...and builds to a truly engrossing climax. It's a mathematical page-turner."
"Review" by , "A good overview of one of the great intellectual puzzles of modern history."
"Synopsis" by , Compelling, dramatic, and entirely accessible, "Fermat's Enigma" is a mesmerizing tale of heartbreak and mastery, and one that will forever change the reader's feelings about mathematics. Simon Singh co-produced an award-winning documentary film on Fermat's Last Theorem that aired on PBS's "Nova" series. 21 illustrations.
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