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Fermat's enigma: the epic quest to solve the world's greatest mathematical problem

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1st Anchor Books ed.
Tells the story of the 350-year search for a proof for Fermat's last theorem, focusing on the work of two modern-day mathematicians. Includes bandw photos. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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display_description xn + yn = zn, where n represents 3, 4, 5, ...no solution "I have discovered a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain." With these words, 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; proving it, however, became the Holy Grail of mathematics, baffling its finest minds for more than 350 years. In Fermat's Enigma--based on the author's award-winning documentary film, which aired on PBS's "Nova"--Simon Singh tells the astonishingly entertaining story of the pursuit of that grail, and the lives that were devoted to, sacrificed for, and saved by it. Here is a mesmerizing tale of heartbreak and mastery that will forever change your feelings about mathematics.
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subject_facet Fermat's last theorem
title_display Fermat's enigma : the epic quest to solve the world's greatest mathematical problem
title_full Fermat's enigma : the epic quest to solve the world's greatest mathematical problem / Simon Singh ; foreword by John Lynch
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title_sub the epic quest to solve the world's greatest mathematical problem
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