## Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical ProblemOver three hundred years ago, a French scholar scribbled a simple theorem in the margin of a book. It would become the world's most baffling mathematical mystery. Simple, elegant, and utterly impossible to prove, Fermat's Last Theorem captured the imaginations of amateur and professional mathematicians for over 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, Dr. Amir Aczel reveals the previously untold story of the people, the history, and the cultures that lie behind this scientific triumph. From formulas devised for 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. "Captivating...a tale of buried treasure...lucidly presented." |

### From inside the book

Try this search over all volumes: **matician**

Results 1-0 of 0

### What people are saying - Write a review

#### Fermat's last theorem: unlocking the secret of an ancient mathematical problem

User Review - Not Available - Book VerdictIt is extremely unusual for an advance in pure mathematics to draw the attention of the press worldwide. However, there was a great furor in 1993 when Andrew Wiles announced he had derived a proof of ... Read full review

### Other editions - View all

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 |

Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem Amir D. Aczel No preview available - 2007 |

### Common terms and phrases

Abel able to prove Academy algebra Andre Weil Andrew Wiles Archimedes automorphic Babylonians Barry Mazur beautiful became branches of mathematics called Cambridge Class Number Formula complex plane Dedekind developed Diophantus Dirichlet Egypt elliptic curves Euler System exist Fermat's equation Fermat's Last Theorem Fermat's problem Fibonacci numbers Fourier French Frey's Galois Gauss genus geometry Gerhard Frey Golden Section Goro Shimura ideal ideas important infinitely integers interest irrational numbers Iwasawa Theory Ken Ribet known Kummer later lectures letter mat's Last Theorem mathe mathematicians mathematics matician matics modular forms Nick Katz Nicolas Bourbaki number system number theory paper Paris periodic functions Poincare prime numbers Princeton Professor proof of Fermat's prove Fermat's Last Pythagoras Pythagorean triples ratio rational numbers real numbers Serre Shimura-Taniyama conjecture solution of Fermat's solve Sophie Germain square root theo tion University whole numbers writing wrote young Yutaka Taniyama