The World's Most Famous Math Problem: The Proof of Fermat's Last Theorem and Other Mathematical Mysteries

The World's Most Famous Math Problem: The Proof of Fermat's Last Theorem and Other Mathematical Mysteries
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ISBN10: 
0312106572
ISBN13: 
9780312106577
Pages: 
80
Published: 
October 15th 1993 by St. Martin's Griffin
Rating: 
3.04

June 23, 1993. A Princeton mathematician announces that he has unlocked, after thousands of unsuccessful attempts by others, the greatest mathematical riddle in the world. Dr. Wiles demonstrates to a group of stunned mathematicians that he has provided the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem (the equation x" + y" = z", where n is an integer greater than 2, has no solution in positive numbers), a problem that has confounded scholars for over 350 years.

Here in this brilliant new book, Marilyn vos Savant, the person with the highest recorded IQ in the world explains the mathematical underpinnings of Wiles's solution, discusses the history of Fermat's Last Theorem and other great math problems, and provides colorful stories of the great thinkers and amateurs who attempted to solve Fermat's puzzle.

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