Fermat's Last Theorem

Fermat's Last Theorem

Unlocking the Secret of An Ancient Mathematical Problem

Book - 2007
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Simple, elegant, and utterly impossible to prove, Fermat's last theorem captured the imaginations of mathematicians for more than three centuries. For some, it became a wonderful passion. For others it was an obsession that led to deceit, intrigue, or insanity. In a volume filled with the clues, red herrings, and suspense of a mystery novel, Amir D. Aczel reveals the previously untold story of the people, the history, and the cultures that lie behind this scientific triumph. From formulas devised from the farmers of ancient Babylonia to the dramatic proof of Fermat's theorem in 1993, this extraordinary work takes us along on an exhilarating intellectual treasure hunt. Revealing the hidden mathematical order of the natural world in everything from stars to sunflowers, Fermat's Last Theorem brilliantly combines philosophy and hard science with investigative journalism. The result: a real-life detective story of the intellect, at once intriguing, thought-provoking, and impossible to put down.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2007.
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9781568583600
1568583605
Branch Call Number: 512.74 ACZEL
Characteristics: xi, 147 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 19 cm

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