Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest To Solve The World's Greatest Mathematical Problem
ISBN: 0140268693
EAN13: 9780140268690
Language: English
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 6.93" L x 4.8" W
Weight: 0.62 lbs.
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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.

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