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Fermat's Enigma|Simon Singh
Fermat's Enigma : The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem
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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.

  • ISBN-13: 9780385493628
  • ISBN-10: 0385493622
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: September 1998
  • Dimensions: 7.06 x 4.92 x 0.88 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.52 pounds
  • Page Count: 336