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    Descriptionxn + 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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    Title
    Fermat's Enigma
    Subtitle
    The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Simon Singh
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 122 mm
    Height: 175 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780385493628
    ISBN 10: 0385493622
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: MAT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.8
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    DC21: 512.74
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PBX
    B&T General Subject: 710
    DC22: 512.74
    Ingram Subject Code: MA
    Libri: I-MA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26220
    BISAC V2.8: MAT015000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 512/.74
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: QA244 .S55 1998
    Edition statement
    Anchor Books.
    Publisher
    Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
    Imprint name
    Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
    Publication date
    01 February 1999
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Simon Singh received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cambridge. A BBC producer, he directed and coproduced an award-winning documentary film on Fermat's Last Theorem that aired on PBS's "Nova" series. He is also the author of the bestselling "The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography." He lives in London, England.
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    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.