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Fermat's Enigma - 97 edition

Fermat`s Enigma (ISBN10: 0385493622; ISBN13: 9780385493628)
ISBN13: 978-0385493628
ISBN10: 0385493622

Summary: 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 look ...show moreed 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. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 97
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Anchor Press
Published: 09/28/1998
International: No

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xviii, 315 pp., illus., bib. notes, index; 18 cm. Tight, clean copy. "'xn + yn = zn, where n represents 3, 4, 5, ...no solution. 'I have discovered a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition ...show morewhich 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. / 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." - Publisher. ...show less
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