David said: Simon Singh has the ability to present a story about a mathematics Singh starts with the roots of the famous Fermat’s Last Theorem, by recounting. Fermat’s Last Theorem has ratings and reviews. David said: I was really interested in reading this book after hearing about the problem in ano. Fermat’s Last Theorem Simon Singh and John Lynch’s film tells the enthralling and emotional story of Andrew Wiles. A quiet English mathematician, he was.

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What held me back is what will probably put a lot of other potential readers off trying it – the boring old “I’m no good at maths” argument. Also, some of the math concepts leading up to it are quite easily comprehensible. This book is no less than a time travel machine, which takes us to the ancient Egypt where this simoh discipline spent its babyhood.

Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World’s Greatest Mathematical Problem by Simon Singh

Topics Mathematics Science Book Club. And then, Ken Ribet showed that a proof of the Taniyama-Shimura conjecture would, in effect, be a direct proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem. Alst plus two is four. I just read the summary on the back page and felt like picking up the book and once I started reading it, there was no stopping it, though I did skipped over complex mathematical equations part.

Trivia About Fermat’s Enigma: And for accomplishing this tremendous feat, I heartily recommend the book, warts and all. My head says rationally: Before I could even realize, I was already there with the great mathematicians, feeling the euphoria of slaughtering a puzzle, the frustration of long struggles, standing against the whole world for the love of Mathematics.

This book has a lot of wonderful elements, and really exemplifies a love of mathematics. Most of the audience had heard rumors that the third of Wiles’ lectures would be of historical significance. Apr 19, Vignesh Ramanathan rated it it was amazing. Refresh and try again. Probably that’s just because it’s so bloody hard. Possibile che Fermat avesse trovato una dimostrazione a questo teorema? So, it was a surprise, but not a total surprise. He is the maiden winner of the Lilavati Award.


It is clear, not too jargon-heavy but contains enough mathematical “meat” to seem satisfying.

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The snigh that they face mathematical and othershow these affect the progre This book is a biography of the epic quest to solve the eluding Fermat’s last theorem. Pierre de Fermat was a 17th century judge and amateur mathematician who wilfully refused to publish his proofs. The blurb said that you didn’t need to be good at maths to read it but some parts were totally beyond me – I’m not sure I really understood the whole ‘proof’ thing.

Five out of ten. We now know that all of Fermat’s conjectures ultimately proved to thheorem solvable and that Fermat’s own notes would seem to indicate that he had indeed apparently found ways to solve each of them.

Books by Simon Singh. I enjoyed it, especially when the author found a common, understandable subject to explain parts of the problem. That way, even if you miss, you at least had a chance to take aim at the only person able to shoot back. There is great craftsmanship in Singh’s account, and an unresolved question at the heart of this story. Me iba mal en theorm colegio. Jun 18, Bruce rated it liked it Recommends it for: Or knows were I can buy one? I plan to write a glowing book review but this space is too limited to contain it.

At each of these way-stations in the long pursuit of Fermat’s taunt there is another compelling human story. O si omette la frase, o la si spiega. Today, Wiles is recognized as the one who developed the proof.

View all 8 comments. Only a mathematician would be bothered by the next bit: I like math and even math books but couldn’t get into this.


For me, this book fegmat became a veritable page-turner, one I was loathe to put aside. They talked in territories. Combine editions 5 16 Aug 11, He enthusiastically demonstrated just how action-packed and exhilarating the life of the mind can be. This book has been on my book shelve for over 10 years, I finally read it.

Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World’s Greatest Mathematical Problem

A very trite remark, too lengthy to write in the margin so it is elsewhere, and no one has ever found it or managed to prove his statement, until – – – this book is a brilliant read, you would think it would be as dry as dust, but no! It is a superb account of the proof of the last theorem from Fermat’s notebook to be proven.

La segunda mitad entra en tema y se deja leer aunque en verdad el trabajo de Wiles fue nuy aburrido: It conveys perfectly to a layman the sense of accomplishment that the mathematical community associates with cracking the proof for this theorem. That may be a disappointment to some, but it’s not at all unreasonable in my opinion. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. View all 4 comments. Rhett rated it it was ok Feb 29, La dimostrazione di quell’equazione banale fece perdere il sonno alle maggiori menti matematiche di tutto il mondo, che per anni si arrovellarono per trovare una soluzione.

Method of infinite descent. For me it was shocking to know, that it was not just the kings and religious fellows destroying these geniuses and their sanctuaries, but Pythagoras also committed a grave mistake once, sentencing Hippasus to death for arguing that sqrt 2 cannot be expressed as a fraction!