Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem

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Basic Books, Sep 21, 2007 - Mathematics - 147 pages
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Simple, 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 real-life detective story of the intellect, at once intriguing, thought-provoking, and impossible to put down.

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Review: Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem

User Review  - Keelan - Goodreads

This book provides an broad overview of the mathematical advances in the past ca. 2500 years that influenced Andrew Wiles' proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. Due to its breadth and the fact that the book ... Read full review

Review: Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem

User Review  - Gunjan Godbole - Goodreads

it 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

About the author (2007)

Amir D. Aczel, a visiting scholar in the history of science at Harvard, earned both his B.A. in mathematics and master of sciences degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. His books have been translated into fifteen languages.

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