Fermat's Enigma : The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem
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."show more
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 129.54 x 182.88 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
- 01 Feb 1999
- Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
- Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
- New York, United States
- Anchor Books.
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