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Fermat's Last Theorem Paperback – 15 Dec 2006

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harper Collins Promotion (15 Dec. 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 0007790228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007790227
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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'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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This book is probably aimed at the very interested lay person (to science), and as a proud member of that club, I did enjoy it. It does get a little complicated later on if, like me, you are a bit slow on the uptake when long equations and concepts are being thrown at you thick and fast; but nonetheless it relates the story of maths in an easy-to-read style, which, cleverly, made me feel quite clever too at times.
If you like listening to 'In Our Time' then you will, in all probability, enjoy this book.
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Surprising readable and understandable epic about maths without dumbing down, the first of Singh's books that I've read and won't be the last
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A fascinating insight into the history and philosophy of mathematics, plus some interesting proofs and theorems. Definitely worth reading if you're interested in maths.
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