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Fermat's Enigma

Fermat's Enigma - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0385493628

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ISBN13: 978-0385493628
ISBN10: 0385493622
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Anchor Press
Published: 1997
International: No

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Fermat's Enigma - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0385493628

Simon Singh

ISBN13: 978-0385493628
ISBN10: 0385493622
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Anchor Press

Published: 1997
International: No
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 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.

Author Bio

Singh, Simon : University of Cambridge

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 lives in London, England, and is at work on his second book.

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