Fermat's Enigma: Epic Quest To Solve The Worlds Greatest Mathematical Problem

Paperback | October 1, 1998

bySimon SinghForeword byJohn Lynch

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"I have discovered a truly marvelous proof, which this margin is too narrow to contain."

With these tantalizing word, 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, yet the finest mathematical minds would be baffled for more than three and half centuries. Fermat's Last Theorem became the Holy Grail of mathematics. Whole and colourful lives were devoted to, and even sacrificed, to finding a solution.

Then, came Princeton Professor Andrew Wiles, who had dreamed of proving Fermat ever since he first read of it as a boy of ten in his local library. In 1993, some 356 years after Fermat's challenge, and after seven years of working in isolation and secrecy, Wiles stunned the world by announcing a proof-though his own journey would be far from over. Fermat's Enigma is the story of the epic quest to solve the greatest math problem of all time. It is a human drama of high dreams, intellectual brilliance, and extraordinary determination.

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The world of mathematics has all but recovered from the quandary that baffled its master mathematicians for over three-and-a-half centuries. Fortunately for the rest of us, there is Simon Singh’s chronicle of the most puzzling math problem in history--from its discovery by 17th-century Frenchman Pierre de Fermat to the Princeton Profes...

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"I have discovered a truly marvelous proof, which this margin is too narrow to contain." With these tantalizing word, 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, yet the finest mathematical minds would be baffl...

Simon Singh was born in Great Britain in 1964 and educated at Imperial College and the University of Cambridge (where he received a Ph. D. in particle physics). He worked at the European Centre for Particle Physics and the BBC's science department. At the BBC, he worked on Tomorrow's World. Singh and John Lynch produced and directed an...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 5 × 4.9 × 0.91 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140268693

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The world of mathematics has all but recovered from the quandary that baffled its master mathematicians for over three-and-a-half centuries. Fortunately for the rest of us, there is Simon Singh’s chronicle of the most puzzling math problem in history--from its discovery by 17th-century Frenchman Pierre de Fermat to the Princeton Professor who finally solved it--in a highly entertaining depiction of intellectual brilliance, aspiration, and determination.