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5.0 out of 5 stars get into maths the unloved language, 13 Dec. 2012
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This book tells the story of how Fermat's last theorem was finally given a proof, so that means that there is only a gentle touch on the actual mathematics, although I must say the book will make you want to learn maths, it really will. Fermat's theorem revolves around Pythagoras' theorem (x2 + y2 = z2) the main issue was that it was thought (but it couldn't be proved) that any equation which used higher powers could have no whole number answers. So there needed to be a proof for this because in mathematics it is not enough to just show examples the idea must be watertight, so the proof for the equation xn +yn =zn was sought

Fermat's last theorem remained unsolved for 358 years and the path to its proof was paved by the creation of new forms of mathematics, distressing stories of persecution and suicides and a lot of perseverance.

Most of the maths was over my head but the fascinating world of mathematics and its rigorous proofs means that I was left desperately wanting to improve my maths to a higher level, it makes me wonder at how much of a shame it is that a lifetime isn't long enough to truly engage in all the great fields of knowledge.

I cannot recommend this book enough, it should be read by all those children who are on the verge of dropping maths before taking A level.
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