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The World's Most Famous Math Problem: The Proof of Fermat's Last Theorem and Other Mathematical Mysteries

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June 23, 1993. A Princeton mathematician announces that he has unlocked, after thousands of unsuccessful attempts by others, the greatest mathematical riddle in the world. Dr. Wiles demonstrates to a group of stunned mathematicians that he has provided the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem (the equation x" + y" = z", where n is an integer greater than 2, has no solution in po ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 15th 1993 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Simon
Very nice and short book on that famous theorem.
Brian Sison
Interesting quick read about the greatest math problem ever, written by the highest IQ ever. But surprisingly, the heart of the book was not mathematically complex at all. (The actual proof in the appendix was completely un-graspable to anyone but the higher echelons of math nerd-dom. of which I am not a part.) This book did a good job of summarizing the famous conjecture, its origin, its applications (or lack thereof), and the general sense of wonder surrounding it.
Joe
Aug 13, 2008 Joe rated it 2 of 5 stars
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So far, this book about math history is boring, confusing and completely devoid of math. Also, almost every paragraph cites a newspaper article, which just makes me want to read the originals. We'll see what happens.
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Marilyn vos Savant is an American magazine columnist, author, lecturer and playwright who rose to fame through her listing in the Guinness Book of World Records under "Highest IQ". Since 1986 she has written Ask Marilyn, a Sunday column in Parade magazine in which she solves puzzles and answers questions from readers on a variety of subjects.
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