Fermat's Enigma

The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem
Product Number: EB00694097
Released: Mar 01, 2017
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780525435327
Publisher: Anchor
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Description

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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Author(s): Simon Singh
Genre: Science, History
Original Publish Date: Mar 01, 2017

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