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Fermat's Last Theorem By Simon Singh

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`I have a truly marvellous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.'

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Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh

`I have a truly marvellous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.'

It was with these words, written in the 1630s, that Pierre de Fermat intrigued and infuriated the mathematics community. For over 350 years, proving Fermat's Last Theorem was the most notorious unsolved mathematical problem, a puzzle whose basics most children could grasp but whose solution eluded the greatest minds in the world. In 1993, after years of secret toil, Englishman Andrew Wiles announced to an astounded audience that he had cracked Fermat's Last Theorem. He had no idea of the nightmare that lay ahead.

In `Fermat's Last Theorem' Simon Singh has crafted a remarkable tale of intellectual endeavour spanning three centuries, and a moving testament to the obsession, sacrifice and extraordinary determination of Andrew Wiles: one man against all the odds.

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`If you enjoyed Dava Sobel's "Longitude" you will enjoy this.' Evening Standard

`This is probably the best popular account of a scientific topic I have ever read.' Irish Times

`Reads like the chronicle of an obsessive love affair. It has the classic ingredients that Hollywood would recognise.' Daily Mail

`To read it is to realise that there is a world of beauty and intellectual challenge that is denied to 99.9 per cent of us who are not high-level mathematicians.' The Times

`This tale has all the elements of a most exciting story: an impenetrable riddle; the ambition and frustration of generations of hopefuls; and the genius who worked for years in secrecy to realise his childhood dream.' Express

About Simon Singh


Simon Singh received his PhD from the University of Cambridge. A former BBC producer, he directed the BAFTA Award-winning documentary film `Fermat's Last Theorem', about Andrew Wiles and the world's most famous maths problem, and he wrote the book of the same title. He is also the author of `The Code Book' and `Big Bang'.

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GOR001251378
Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh
Simon Singh
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers
2002-06-05
368
1841157910
9781841157917
N/A
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