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

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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


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."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385493628
ISBN-10: 0385493622
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 1998
Pages: 336
Language: English