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Fermat"s last theorem ...

by Laura Driver Sargent

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Written in English


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Pagination[3], 36 pages
Number of Pages36
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Open LibraryOL25928666M
OCLC/WorldCa7902101

For over 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 , after years of secret toil, Englishman Andrew Wiles announced to an astounded audience that he had cracked Fermat's Last Theorem. Fermat's last theorem (also known as Fermat's conjecture, or Wiles' theorem) states that no three positive integers x, y, z x,y,z x, y, z satisfy x n + y n = z n x^n + y^n = z^n x n + y n = z n for any integer n > 2 n>2 n > gh a special case for n = 4 n=4 n = 4 was proven by Fermat himself using infinite descent, and Fermat famously wrote in the margin of one of his books in that.

Fermat’s Last Theorem is an important milestone. But much more important for the future of mathematics is the substantial progress Wiles made toward the Shimura-Taniyama Conjecture. The Shimura-Taniyama Conjecture is part of a more general philosophy: There are deep and subtle connections between number theory. The proof of Fermat's Last Theorem involves two people separated by over years. The first is the French lawyer and mathematician Pierre de Fermat, who, in about , left a note written in the margin of a note said that the equation a n + b n = c n has no solutions when a, b, and c are whole numbers and n is a whole number greater than 2. The note went on to say that he had.

This is the second volume of the book on the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem by Wiles and Taylor (the first volume is published in the same series; see MMONO/). Here the detail of the proof announced in the first volume is fully exposed. The book also includes basic materials and constructions in number theory and arithmetic geometry that are. ‘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 s, that Pierre de Fermat intrigued and infuriated the mathematics community. For over years, proving Fermat’s Last Theorem was the most notorious unsolved mathematical problem, a puzzle whose basics most children could grasp.


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This section explains what the theorem is, who invented it and who eventually proved it. Fermat’s Last Theorem is the true story of how mathematics’ most challenging problem was made to yield its secrets is a thrilling tale of endurance, ingenuity and inspiration.

When Andrew Wiles of Princeton University announced a solution of Fermat's last theorem init electrified the world of mathematics. After a flaw was discovered in the proof, Wiles had to work for another year--he had already labored in solitude for seven years--to establish that he had solved the year-old by: Fermat's last theorem is a theorem first proposed by Fermat in the form of a note scribbled in the margin of his copy of the ancient Greek text Arithmetica by Diophantus.

The scribbled note was discovered posthumously, and the original is now lost. However, a copy was preserved in. This book tells the story of how Fermat's last theorem was finally given a proof, so that means that there is only a gentle touch on the actual mathematics, although I must say the book will make you want to learn maths, it really will/5().

If your are familiar with Algebraic Number Theory and wish to study in detail the Fermat Last Theorem proofs up to Kummer's Theory, this is a great book.

I would recommend starting out with Edward's Book (Fermat's Last Theorem), for analysis of Euclid's proof of N= by:   This book finds a way to narrate the chain of events from the time of Pythagoras to the final proof of Fermat's last theorem by Andrew Wiles, entwining with it the key mathematical concepts presented in an accessible form and stories of the mathematicians who made those contributions/5.

This problem known as Fermat's last theorem still stymied modern mathematicians until Andrew Wiles armed with modern mathematical techniques and theory demonstrated a proof in This is one of Amir Aczel's better books. A balanced book that succeeds in giving the reader a general idea of the mathematics involved.

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A qualification, I hardly need add, that Pierre de Fermat himself did not even posses.” Guardian “To read it [Fermat’s Last Theorem] is to realise that there is a world of beauty and intellectual challenge that is denied to per cent of us who are not high-level mathematicians.

Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh – book review A boast in the margin of a book is the starting point for a wonderful journey through the history of mathematics, number theory and logic.

It was with these words, written in the s, that Pierre de Fermat intrigued and infuriated the mathematics community. For over 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.5/5(3).

Inworking with John Lynch, I made a documentary about Fermat’s Last Theorem for the BBC series Horizon. It was 50 minutes of mathematicians talking about mathematics, which is not the obvious recipe for a TV blockbuster, but the result was a programme that captured the public imagination and which received critical acclaim.

Fermat's last theorem: The story of a riddle that confounded the world's greatest minds for years by Simon Singh and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at The proof of Fermat's last theorem marks the end of a mathematical era- even though it took me quite a while to understand several points of the book, I am pleased I stuck to it.

Footnote: there are several audiobooks available which explain the equations quite extensively- really helped!/5. The solution of Fermat's Last Theorem is the most important mathematical development of the 20th century.

Ina schoolboy browsing in his local library stumbled across the world's greatest mathematical problem: Fermat's Last Theorem, a puzzle that every child can understand but which has baffled mathematicians for over years/5().

Simon Singh's lucid explanation of the tale of proving Fermat's Last Theorem is one book every mathematics lover should read. Far from being technical, this book is an epitome of how mathematics books should be written to keep the lay person engaged with the topic. The book /5().FERMAT’S LAST THEOREM Spring ii INTRODUCTION.

This book will describe the recent proof of Fermat’s Last The-orem by Andrew Wiles, aided by Richard Taylor, for graduate students and faculty with a reasonably broad background in al-gebra. It is hard to give precise prerequisites but a first course.Fermat's Last Theorem talks about what happens when the 2 changes to a bigger whole number.

It says that then there are no triples when a, b and c are integers greater than or equal to one (meaning that if n is more than two, a, b and c cannot be natural numbers).