Fermat's enigma : the epic quest to solve the world's greatest mathematical problem
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New York : Anchor Books, 1998.
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1st Anchor Books ed.
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xviii, 315 pages : ill. ; 18 cm.
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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.nbsp;nbsp;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.nbsp;nbsp;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.nbsp;nbsp;Here is a mesmerizing tale of heartbreak and mastery that will forever change your feelings about mathematics.
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Originally published: New York : Walker, 1997.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-305) and index.
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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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Singh, S. (1998). Fermat's enigma: the epic quest to solve the world's greatest mathematical problem. 1st Anchor Books ed. New York: Anchor Books.

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Singh, Simon. 1998. Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem. New York: Anchor Books.

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Singh, Simon, Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem. New York: Anchor Books, 1998.

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Singh, Simon. Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem. 1st Anchor Books ed. New York: Anchor Books, 1998. Print.

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