Fermat's Last Theorem
Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem First Trade Paper Edition
By (author) Amir D. Aczel
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Fermat's Last Theorem by Amir D. Aczel
Book DescriptionSimple, 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781568583600
(184mm x 127mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Thunder's Mouth Press
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
Publish Date: 21-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Amir D. Aczel
Finding Zero, Paperback (February 2016)
Finding Zero is an adventure-filled saga of Amir Aczel's lifelong obsession: to find the original sources of our numerals. Aczel has doggedly crisscrossed the ancient world, scouring dusty texts, cross examining scholars who offered wildly differing sets of facts, and ultimately penetrating deep into a Cambodian jungle to find a definitive proof.
Chance, Paperback (November 2005)» View all books by Amir D. Aczel
Modeled on Aczel's successful "Fermat's Last Theorem," this book gives readers the tools to minimize, or maximize, chance's effect on their lives. Aczel explores probability theory and its daily, practical applications, while relating stories of gamblers who also happen to be mathematical geniuses.
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Author Biography - Amir D. Aczel
Amir D. Aczel, a visiting scholar in the history of science at Harvard, earned both his B.A. in mathematics and master of sciences degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. His books have been translated into fifteen languages.
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