Algebraic Number Theory and Fermat's Last Theorem: Third Edition

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Taylor & Francis, Dec 12, 2001 - Mathematics - 336 pages
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First published in 1979 and written by two distinguished mathematicians with a special gift for exposition, this book is now available in a completely revised third edition. It reflects the exciting developments in number theory during the past two decades that culminated in the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. Intended as a upper level textbook, it is also eminently suited as a text for self-study.

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This is a marvelous treatment of beginning Algebraic Number Theory. Taking a natural, historical approach to solve one of the most sought after theorems of our time, the reader is introduced to the tools of subject. The authors instill a sense of life to the material while still leaving room for further exploration and speculation. Requiring only a modest knowledge of algebra, the book often covers and reviews many of the basic facts needed and would be well suited for a concurrent self study, or immediately following a typical second semester of a beginning algebra course. Highly recommended for those desiring to understand some of the motivation for the develop of the properties of rings and fields. 

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Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University in England. His many books include Does God Play Dice?, The collapse of Chaos (with Jack Cohen), Game, Set and Math, and Fearful Symmetry: Is God a Geometer? (with Martin Golubitsky). He contributed to a wide range of newspapers and
magazines, and writes the "Mathematical Recreations" column of Scientific American.

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