Fermat's Last Theorem: The Story of a Riddle that Confounded the World's Greatest Minds for 358 YearsIn 1963 a schoolboy browsing in his local library stumbled across a great mathematical problem: Fermat's Last Theorem, a puzzle that every child can now understand, but which has baffled mathematicians for over 300 years. Aged just ten, Andrew Wiles dreamed he would crack it. 
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User Review  njgriffin  LibraryThingFascinating and gripping read. Part mystery, part tragedy, part celebration of the human spirit. Highly recommend it and no you don't really need to know or understand anything about maths. Read full review
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User Review  kutsuwamushi  LibraryThingWritten for a general audience without much mathematics background, and therefore very easy to follow. Those wanting something more indepth and challenging may want to pass. Read full review
Contents
TheRiddler  37 
A Mathematical Disgrace  77 
Into Abstraction  133 
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