Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical ProblemSimple, elegant, and utterly impossible to prove, Fermat's last theorem captured the imaginations of mathematicians for more than three centuries. For some, it became a wonderful passion. For others it was an obsession that led to deceit, intrigue, or insanity. In a volume filled with the clues, red herrings, and suspense of a mystery novel, Amir D. Aczel reveals the previously untold story of the people, the history, and the cultures that lie behind this scientific triumph. From formulas devised from the farmers of ancient Babylonia to the dramatic proof of Fermat's theorem in 1993, this extraordinary work takes us along on an exhilarating intellectual treasure hunt. Revealing the hidden mathematical order of the natural world in everything from stars to sunflowers, Fermat's Last Theorem brilliantly combines philosophy and hard science with investigative journalism. The result: a reallife detective story of the intellect, at once intriguing, thoughtprovoking, and impossible to put down. 
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Review: Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem
User Review  GoodreadsA little knowledge is a dangerous thing. If you have curiosity about mathematics and a fond memory of high school geometry this book willt ake you through the history of a fascinating mathematical ... Read full review
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User Review  Gunjan Godbole  Goodreadsit is a very good account. the historical part is more interesting. I liked that the book is concise, and it doesn't drag while dealing with slightly complex mathematical concepts. using appendices ... Read full review
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Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem Amir D. Aczel No preview available  1996 
Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem Amir D. Aczel No preview available  1997 