## Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problemxn + yn = zn, where n represents 3, 4, 5, ...no solution "I have discovered a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain." With these words, the seventeenth-century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat threw down the gauntlet to future generations. What came to be known as Fermat's Last Theorem looked simple; proving it, however, became the Holy Grail of mathematics, baffling its finest minds for more than 350 years. In Fermat's Enigma--based on the author's award-winning documentary film, which aired on PBS's "Nova"--Simon Singh tells the astonishingly entertaining story of the pursuit of that grail, and the lives that were devoted to, sacrificed for, and saved by it. Here is a mesmerizing tale of heartbreak and mastery that will forever change your feelings about mathematics. |

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#### FERMAT'S ENIGMA: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem

User Review - KirkusThe proof of Fermat's Last Theorem has been called the mathematical event of the century; this popular account puts the discovery in perspective for non-mathematicians. As one of the producers of the ... Read full review

### Contents

The Riddler | |

A Mathematical Disgrace | |

Into Abstraction | |

Proof by Contradiction | |

The Secret Calculation | |

A Slight Problem | |

Grand Unified Mathematics | |

Suggestions for Further Reading | |

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