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Description - Fermat's Last Theorem by Dr. Simon Singh

The extraordinary story of the solving of a puzzle that has confounded mathematicians since the 17th century. The solution of Fermat's Last Theorem is the most important mathematical development of the 20th century. In 1963 a 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 300 years. Aged just ten, Andrew Wiles dreamed that he would crack it. Wiles's lifelong obsession with a seemingly simple challenge set by a long-dead Frenchman is an emotional tale of sacrifice and extraordinary determination. In the end, Wiles was forced to work in secrecy and isolation for seven years, harnessing all the power of modern maths to achieve his childhood dream. Many before him had tried and failed, including a 18-century philanderer who was killed in a duel. An 18-century Frenchwoman made a major breakthrough in solving the riddle, but she had to attend maths lectures at the Ecole Polytechnique disguised as a man since women were forbidden entry to the school. A remarkable story of human endeavour and intellectual brilliance over three centuries, Fermat `s Last Theorem will fascinate both specialist and general readers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841157917
ISBN-10: 1841157910
Format: Paperback
(129mm x 222mm x 24mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Fourth Estate Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Dr. Simon Singh

Since 1991 Simon Singh has been writing, directing and producing for the BBC Science department. In the past he has produced the weekly magazine programme 'Tomorrow's World' . He directed the 'Horizon' about Andrew Wiles and his obsessive solving of Fermat's Last Theorem. He completed his PhD at Cambridge in 1990.

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