The Last Theorem

A Novel
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Original Publish Date: Aug 19, 2008
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Product Number: Z100026937
Released: Aug 19, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415959718
Narrator/s: Mark Bramhall
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Two of science fiction's most renowned writers join forces for a storytelling sensation. The historic collaboration between Frederik Pohl and his fellow founding father of the genre, Arthur C. Clarke, is both a momentous literary event and a fittingly grand farewell from the late, great visionary author of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Last Theorem is a story of one man's mathematical obsession, and a celebration of the human spirit and the scientific method. It is also a gripping intellectual thriller in which humanity, facing extermination from all-but-omnipotent aliens, the Grand Galactics, must overcome differences of politics and religion and come together...?r perish. In 1637, the French mathematician Pierre de Fermat scrawled a note in the margin of a book about an enigmatic theorem: "I have discovered a truly marvelous proof of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain." He also neglected to record his proof elsewhere. Thus began a search for the Holy Grail of mathematics-a search that didn't end until 1994, when Andrew Wiles published a 150-page proof. But the proof was burdensome, overlong, and utilized mathematical techniques undreamed of in Fermat's time, and so it left many critics unsatisfied-including young Ranjit Subramanian, a Sri Lankan with a special gift for mathematics and a passion for the famous "Last Theorem." When Ranjit writes a three-page proof of the theorem that relies exclusively on knowledge available to Fermat, his achievement is hailed as a work of genius, bringing him fame and fortune. But it also brings him to the attention of the National Security Agency and a shadowy United Nations outfit called Pax per Fidem, or Peace Through Transparency, whose secretive workings belie its name. Suddenly Ranjit-together with his wife, Myra de Soyza, an expert in artificial intelligence, and their burgeoning family-finds himself swept up in world-shaking events, his genius for abstract mathematical thought put to uses that are both concrete and potentially deadly. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to anyone on Earth, an alien fleet is approaching the planet at a significant percentage of the speed of light. Their mission: to exterminate the dangerous species of primates known as homo sapiens.

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Product Number EB00158494
Released: Dec 27, 2013
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Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: #9780345509680

Professional reviews

"Arthur C. Clarke's final book, cowritten with Frederick Pohl, takes place in the nation of Sri Lanka, where the respected science fiction author spent the final years of his life. The love Clarke had for this tiny nation and its people comes through in his work. Mark Bramhall's outstanding performance is the perfect complement for the novel. Bramhall pronounces the tongue-twisting Sri Lankan and Indian names and places with facility, making them sound lyrical and wonderful. Gentle accents here and there bring the characters to life, especially the hero, Ranjit Subranian, a young man who discovers the mathematical proof of Fermat's legendary theorem. Sadly, he does it just as space aliens are about to destroy Earth. C'mon. It's Clarke! You knew aliens were in there somewhere. M.S. Winner of AudioFIle Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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