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I ve had pleasure to spend a week or What I ve come away with is that the best of them feed off surprises those bits of counterintuitive anecdotes that leave you blurting out Huh How about that and then looking madly around for someone to tell Like a book of jokes riddles or puzzles that provides immediate gratification in the back of the book Fermat s Enigma plugs at least ten conundrums and their asy to understand logical solutions into its appendices For Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas example say you re unluckynough to be forced into a three way duel If The Magic Rolling Pin everyone gets to take turns in order of their skill such that worst shoots first what should the worst do Aim at the best in the hopes of getting lucky andliminating the most dangerous gunsel Nope the correct answer is to pass up the turn in the hopes that your first shot will get to be Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, expended against only one remaining combatant That wayven if you miss you at least had a chance to take aim at the only person able to shoot backPierre Fermat turns out to have been uite the prankster often tweaking professional mathematicians and academics by mailing them problems they knew full well he had already solved For those who don t keep this type of trivia at the forefront of their brains Fermat s the French recluse and hanging circuit jurist who once famously scribbled in a copy of Diophantus Arithmetica that x n y n z n for any number n greater than 2 a propostion for which he had a truly marvelous demonstration which this margin is too narrow to contain This gets to be
s Last Theorem because it Not Without a Fight ends up being the last of his conundrums to be proven not necessarily the last one he wrote Just think were it not for the scrupulous care taken by Fermat s son to go through and publish all of Fermat Sr s writings the world would not have been tantalized by this particular gem for over 350 YEARSAndrew Wiles published the first and only proof in 1994 and Enigma does a tremendous job of walking the reader through not only the stunning depth of his intellectual achievement but its significance as well Suffice it to say that I was happy here to read that Taniyama Shimura get their wellarned due and that modular and Garden Bouquets and Beyond ellipticaluations can finally be understood to be mathematically analogous whether or not I have any idea what modular The Unseen Wonder euations actually are Still all of this leads to what I think is anven tantalizing problem We now know that all of fermat s conjectures ultimately proved all of Fermat s conjectures ultimately proved be solvable and that Fermat s own notes would seem to indicate that he had indeed apparently found ways to solve The Management Bible each of them But there is no doubt that Fermat s solution could not have relied on the up to the minute maths Wilesmploys over 200 pages So if it was really the limitations of the margin and not of Fermat that inhibited publication what was Fermat s proof From my reading journalMay 31 2009 Yesterday I finished reading Fermat s Last Theorem I plan to write a glowing book review but this space is too limited to contain it. S's Nova Simon Singh tells the astonishingly ntertaining story of the pursuit of that grail and the lives that were devoted to sacrificed for and saved by it Here is a mesmerizing tale of heartbreak and mastery that will forever change your feelings about mathematic. .Fermat S Last Theorem
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Being a scientist of long standing and loving all aspects of science and maths Fermat s Last Theorem in itself was a wonderful mystery what I would give to see Fermat s note BOOK WITH A NOTE IN THE MARGIN ABOUT CUBIC with a note in the margin about cubic as opposed to suares A very trite remark too lengthy to write in the remark too lengthy to write in the so it is lsewhere and no one has ver 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 The only thing that still niggles at me although the mathematical proof is fabulous it uses modern techniues not available to Fermat so it is proven but how the hell did Fermat do itA brilliant book beautifully written a tremendous historical uestion answered in a very modern way fabulous well done for readability This is the kind of book that we non mathematical minds can asily digest and love It gives you an pic scope of the number of minds that it takes to build new ideas I doubt if Fermat had actually solved this theorem correctly but this is impossible to prove Fermat s theorem however was not impossible to prove It was solved Thanks to the fforts of many men and women over many lifetimes and one final man who had the determination and persistence to finish the unthinkable This book has a lot of wonderful lements and really xemplifies a love of mathematics Although if you want to actually understand the theorem this book may not be for you I can honestly say reading it did not put the theorem in any digestible light than it started out with Perhaps it was to the authors advantage to skip the technicalities and focus on the Invisible (The Curse of Avalon enjoyment of the journey I personally loved this approach but it may not be forveryone Yummy Supper especially if you are actually looking to understand the theorem a massive undertaking that is really not in my repertoire to comment on This book is as interesting as a detective story while being about uite advanced mathematics as such it is uite a book showing the remarkable skill of its writer toxplain complex ideas in ways that are always readable and njoyableA mathematician finds a simple proof to what seems like a deceptively simple problem of mathematics that pythagoras s theorem only works if the terms are suared and not if they are any other power up to infinity Sounds dull Except that the mathematician jots down that he has found this proof but not what the proof is And for hundredsd of years the greatest minds in mathematics have tried to find this simple proof and been beaten by the problem time and againThis really is a delightful book and one that gives an insight into how mathematicians think about the world The proof of Pythagoras s theorem given in this book is so simple that the beauty of mathematical proof is made plain to veryone Just a little knowledge of algebra is needed for this part of the book the rest reuires no maths at all Before delving into. Xn yn zn where n represents 3 4 5 no solutionI have discovered a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to containWith these words the seventeenth century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat threw down the gauntlet to future. .
The book itself I thought I d start things off by introducing the problem it s concerned with just in case you aren t already familiar with itSo what Deep Listening exactly is Fermat s Last Theorem Well basically this is it As you can see the conjecture is uiteasy to understand and yet believe it or not it was so remarkably difficult to prove that it took over 350 years to accomplish The fact that Fermat teasingly scribbled this rather infuriating note in the margin only added to the frustration felt by the scores of mathematicians who did battle with it over the centuries I of mathematicians who did battle with it over the centuries I discovered a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition that this margin is too narrow to contain No doubt the cheeky bastard would ve njoyed TwitterOkay now that that s been taken care of it s time to look at the actual bookWhat Kind of Book is Fermat s EnigmaSimply put Fermat s Enigma is a history book It i Simon converts what could have been a dry chronicle of proofs into an ode full of xcitement inspiration and intrigue worthy of a gothic love affair Full review to follow Strap in guys I m going to walk you through the history of how Fermat s Last Theorum was proved all in one little okay big review And I can do this because of this awesome semi accessible freuently tangent taking Simon Singh has the ability to present a story about a mathematics problem and tell it like a detective story He makes the subject Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature excitingven though the outcome is well known Singh intersperses history with discussions about the mathematics and makes it uite understandable Singh starts with the roots of the famous Fermat s Last Theorem by recounting the stories and mathematics of Pythagoras Euclid and Euler Other less well known mathematicians are also given credit for Lara and the Gray Mare (Hoofbeats: Lara and the Gray Mare, example Sophie Germain Daniel Bernoulli Augustin Cauchy and Evariste Galois Three hundred fifty years ago Fermat wrote the I guess the author does a reasonable job But when I reached thend I still didn t feel I understood at all how the proof worked Probably that s just because it s so bloody hard I got a lot
out of Prime Derbyshire s book on the Riemann Hypothesis where the author opens up the box and shows you some of the actual math What a fun book this was thanks Trevor for the recommendation There are many reasons I think I like good nonfiction a sense of direct relevance gravitas freuent insights into the workings of the universe and people but mostly for knowledge narcs high levels of information density served up into an intriguing package by someone lse who has undertaken the heavy lifting research organization thinking So here in Singh s work I get a solid lay understanding not only of the proof to Fermat s Last Theorem but of much of mathematics and the lives of mathematicians since the seventeenth centuryI ve been thinking also about what attracts me to books on mathematical topics the works by Martin Gardner William Poundstone and the various other authors in the company of whose thoughts. Generations What came to be known as Fermat's Last Theorem looked simple; proving it however became the Holy Grail of mathematics baffling its finest minds for than 350 years In Fermat's Enigma based on the author's award winning documentary film which aired on PB.Though Out Of Prime