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