by
Simon Singh
| Editor: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc

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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 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. ...Continua

Fermat's Enigma

Ha scritto il 14/09/13

The story of a seemingly innocuous theorem written in the margin of a book in the 1600s which went unproved for 350 years despite efforts of the world's most brilliant mathematicians. Along the way that theory touched many mathematicians lives in dif

The story of a seemingly innocuous theorem written in the margin of a book in the 1600s which went unproved for 350 years despite efforts of the world's most brilliant mathematicians. Along the way that theory touched many mathematicians lives in different ways, from saving one from suicide to fulfilling a life long dream for another. This book tells the story of the history of work on the theorem and the stories of the characters behind (or related to) that work, from Greek to classical European all the way to modern mathematicians.

This book brought me back to my undergrad in mathematics. The author did a good job of conveying the beauty and interesting nature of number theory to the average reader while still retaining enough detail to give you an idea of what the mathematics actually are, and the general ideas behind the proofs. Man I miss math...I want to take up number theory or some other subject as a hobby again someday. Although really the only way to fully immerse yourself in math is to make it your career, dedicate your life to it.

...ContinuaFermat's Enigma

Ha scritto il 05/12/12

A mathematical odyssey

This mathematical odyssey is probably the best scientific account I have ever read. Simon Singh tells a beautiful story of a mathematical genius who solves a 350+ year old riddle all by himself to fulfill his childhood dream.

Fermat's Enigma

Ha scritto il 03/05/11

A disclosed mystery

Simon Singh tells the fascinating story of the theorem whose demonstration was too long for being written in the margin of a page and had to be faced by generations of mathematicians, waiting the advent of Andrew Wiles, who put an end to this unsolve

Simon Singh tells the fascinating story of the theorem whose demonstration was too long for being written in the margin of a page and had to be faced by generations of mathematicians, waiting the advent of Andrew Wiles, who put an end to this unsolved question after three centuries and a half of failures.

The extraordinary abilities of the author make this book interesting to every kind of reader, even to someone who’s closed his last Math book forty years ago.

Fermat's Enigma

Ha scritto il 12/11/07

Maths made interesting :)

Simon Singh really has the power to tell a really good story about just about anything.

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