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....Continua
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.
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.