Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem 1st Anchor Books ed Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0385493628
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When Andrew Wiles of Princeton University announced a solution of Fermat's last theorem in 1993, it electrified the world of mathematics. After a flaw was discovered in the proof, Wiles had to work for another year--he had already labored in solitude for seven years--to establish that he had solved the 350-year-old problem. Simon Singh's book is a lively, comprehensible explanation of Wiles's work and of the star-, trauma-, and wacko-studded history of Fermat's last theorem. Fermat's Enigma contains some problems that offer a taste of the math, but it also includes limericks to give a feeling for the goofy side of mathematicians.

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"An excellent account of one of the most dramatic and moving events of the century."
--Sir Roger Penrose, New York Times Book Review

"It is hard to imagine a more gripping account of...this centuries-long drama of ingenious failures, crushed hopes, fatal duels, and suicides."
--Jim Holt, The Wall Street Journal

"Though Singh may not ask us to bring too much algebra to the table, he does expect us to appreciate a good detective story."
--Boston Sunday Globe

"The history of mathematics comes alive even for those who dread balancing their checkbooks."
--Publishers Weekly

"Singh captures the joys and frustrations of this quest for an extremely elusive proof...and builds to a truly engrossing climax. It's a mathematical page-turner."
--Library Journal

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5.0 out of 5 stars Singh made me want to study high maths.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Math detective story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best work in mathematics literature
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4.0 out of 5 stars Story of one the most complicated problems in mathematics
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5.0 out of 5 stars Biography of The Fermat's Last therom
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un piccolo ma affascinate viaggio nella storia della matematica
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story and well written
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5.0 out of 5 stars A simple yet beautiful way of exploring a most intriguing math problem
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love math? You'll love this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a mind blowing account of the worlds's greatest mathematical problem just love reading
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