Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem (Paperback)

By Simon Singh, Simon Singit, John Lynch (Foreword by)
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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.

About the Author


Edzard Ernst, based at the University of Exeter, is the UK's first professor of complementary medicine.



Lynch is a lecturer in the School of Cultural Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385493628
ISBN-10: 0385493622
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 1998
Pages: 336
Language: English