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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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Brian Sison
Apr 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Frances Sawaya
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
A return to a good summary of this complex problem and Fermat's "tease" about his solution. Wanted to explain it to a teen-aged neighbour and needed a refresher. Sure wish I was one of the dozen or so who have the smarts to understand it in full.
Joe
Aug 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: physics
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.
Michael
Aug 23, 2016 rated it liked it
A quick little read on Fermat's Last Theorem.
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Very nice and short book on that famous theorem.
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Recommends it for: anyone with a light to medium maths curiosity
Recommended to Gary by: Ben Deane
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This is a short book of about 70 actual pages of text, put together under a 3-week deadline by the woman who spent 3 years as the Guinness World Record holder of the highest recorded IQ (before they retired the category as being too hard to measure properly). It's a speculative book that gives a bit of history, and ponders the likelihood that Andrew Wiles proof, itself published just months before this book, is correct. It's a good read for someone not in the maths world, but watching with curio ...more
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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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