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Do you need to read this book? YES!,
This review is from: Fermat's Last Theorem (Paperback)
I was introduced to this book by a friend a few years ago and was amazed by it. Firstly I should state that i have a degree in Mathematics and now teach the subject to 11 -18 year olds. Having said that, you DO NOT need to have a great understanding of Maths to understand this book. If you remember Pythagoras' Theorem (x squared = y squared + z squared, where x is the longest side of a right angled triangle and y and z are the other 2 sides) then you will be OK with the maths in this book. Even if you've never encounted Pythagoras' Theorem before Simon Singh is an absolute expert at making any of the Maths in this book seem easy. He would make a truly excellent teacher, if he was to step into a classroom.
Add to what i have just said the fact that this is a wonderful read about a special problem, how it (famously) came about and how people tried to solve it, and you have a 1st class book.
If i don't convince you to read it, have a look at the other review - have you ever seen so many 5 star reviews?
p.s. Simon Singh has also written an excellent book about codes (The code book) which is nearly as good as Fermat's Last theorem, but also comes strongly recommended by me