Invitation to the Mathematics of Fermat-Wiles

Invitation to the Mathematics of Fermat-Wiles

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Assuming only modest knowledge of undergraduate level math, Invitation to the Mathematics of Fermat-Wiles presents diverse concepts required to comprehend Wiles' extraordinary proof. Furthermore, it places these concepts in their historical context.

This book can be used in introduction to mathematics theories courses and in special topics courses on Fermat's last theorem. It contains themes suitable for development by students as an introduction to personal research as well as numerous exercises and problems. However, the book will also appeal to the inquiring and mathematically informed reader intrigued by the unraveling of this fascinating puzzle.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 26mm | 898.11g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0123392519
  • 9780123392510
  • 1,396,383

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"This text provides a sweeping introduction to all those mathematical topics, concepts, methods, techniques, and classical results that are necessary to understand Andrew Wiles's theory culminating in the first complete proof of Fermat's last theorem. The text is accessible, without compromising the rigor of its mathematical exposition, to reasoned undergraduate students, at least so for the most part it can serve as the basis for various teaching courses. It sets the whole discussion in a fascinating, generally educating historical context, thereby travelling - metaphorically speaking - through the centuries of mathematical history. No doubt, it is a true blessing that the English translation of this unique book is now at hand for a much wider public." --Werner Kleinert (Berlin) in Zentralblatt MATH 1036
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Table of contents

1. Paths
2. Elliptic Functions
3. Numbers and groups
4. Elliptic Curves
5. Modular Forms
6. New Paradigms, New Enigmas
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About Yves Hellegouarch

Yves Hellegouarch studied at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. He has been teaching at the University of Caen since 1970. In 1972 he wrote a thesis, "Elliptic Curves and Fermat's Equation."
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