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# Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem

Over three hundred years ago, a French scholar scribbled a simple theorem in the margin of a book.It would become the world's most baffling mathematical mystery.

Simple, elegant, and utterly impossible to prove, Fermat's Last Theorem captured the imaginations of amateur and professional mathematicians for over three centuries.For some it became a wonderful passion.For other...more

Simple, elegant, and utterly impossible to prove, Fermat's Last Theorem captured the imaginations of amateur and professional mathematicians for over three centuries.For some it became a wonderful passion.For other...more

Paperback, 147 pages

Published
September 8th 1997
by Delta
(first published 1996)

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This book is a popular history of Fermat's Last Theorem, from its original conjecture by Fermat to its solution by Andrew Wiles. As a history, it works quite well, with occasional infelicities (mainly to do with forced, false sounding connections between unrelated parts of the narrative, such as linking mathematicians because they were both interested in some fairly large division of mathematics). From a mathematical point of view, I felt it wa...more

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those interested in the history but not much detail

A typical general reader math book on the low math content side. Admittedly this particular topic (a proof that runs about 200 pages of terse writing and mathematical symbols) is hard to describe briefly, and this is a very brief book, or with much detail accessible to people who have not acquired the equivalent of a decent graduate level understanding of mathematics. About half of the book is a light survey of very familiar (to the point in some cases of being boiler plate for books likes this)...more

Ever since Fermat mentioned that he'd solved the problem, mathematicians all over the world attempted to find a solution, knowing that it must be solvable. It wasn't until 1995 that an American mathematician, with the help of some incredibly advanced number theory w...more

L'histoire de tous les concepts mathematiques qui sont lies a la demons...more

He does a better-than-average job of making the narrative thread interesting (a better job than Prime Obsession did with the Riemann Hypothesis, for instance) but in 136 pages one shouldn't expect to come away from a book with a greater mathematical understanding of the soluti...more

You don't need to be fluent in mathematics to enjoy this book. But, you must have a basic understanding of algebra and, more importantly, you must have a...more

The math is occasionally described by analogy or diagram, but too often a non-mathematician will simply have to nod and smile and take the author's word for it.

A really nice history, and a quick read, too. Some of the math went over my head, but it was explained in such a way that I was at least able to understand the gist of the math, and why it was important to the proving of the Theorem.

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