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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This book describes the history of how a famous theorem was proved, without math formulas.

Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh – book review

So if it was really the limitations of the margin and not of Fermat that inhibited publication… what was Fermat’s proof?

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 numbers as opposed to squares. It is only open to those 40 years old or younger, so it is just about the only prize that eluded Andrew Wiles. Method of infinite descent. Nonetheless, this book is very interesting and well written, and shows you how many things that appear to be simple and almost intuitive can be incredibly complex that’s what’s so beautiful about math.

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

It has the classic ingredients that Hollywood would recognise. Simply told yet interesting, the book captures the human drama fairly well, if repetitively. Chintia Maharani rated it it was ok Apr 09, Aug 17, Gorana rated it really liked it Shelves: It is clear, not too jargon-heavy but contains enough mathematical “meat” to seem satisfying.


I can’t imagine where Wiles would be without Frey. Rhett rated it it was ok Feb 29, Perelman laast exactly 40, but he decide to spurn the prize, even after Sir John Sihgh, President of the International Mathematical Union, flew to St Petersburg and spent 10 hours trying to persuade him to accept.

Yesterday I finished reading Fermat’s Last Theorem. The Ferat Books of There is great craftsmanship in Singh’s account, and an unresolved question at the heart of this story.

This was a linkage between two far-flung branches of mathematics that seemed to be totally unrelated. Iako je postojao propust u Freyevom postupku, Ribet je Or did he make an error in his proof?

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Today, Wiles is recognized as the one who developed the proof. And yet this book, which first appeared germat as a spinoff from a BBC Horizon filmis still in print: In that sense, it has the effect of a self-help book even without trying to be one. Unfortunately, so was this book and my quest continues. On the other hand, if you want something more complex and mathematical, you won’t get it here. He is an undeniable, ultimate badass.

Except that the mathematician jots down that he has found this proof, but not what the proof is. I live with a mathematician now – so had a go at this book. Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh.

Want to Read saving…. Juerg rated it it was ok Mar 30, The note, scribbled in Singu, simply states: And even though Wiles deserves all the fame and recognition he can get for his persistence and determination, it’s nice to see all the other great mathematicians who greatly contributed being mentioned.

He solved the Taniyama-Shimura conjecture which was a part of the logic behind solving Fermat’s Last Theorem. As you can see, the conjecture is quite easy to understand, ssimon yet, believe it or not, it was so remarkably difficult to prove that it took over years to accomplish!


For over years, proving Fermat’s Last Theorem was the most notorious unsolved mathematical problem, a puzzle whose basics most children could grasp but whose solution eluded the greatest minds in the world. Other books in this series. A very nice read detailing the incredible journey behind the solution of this theorem.

Singh is successful in seizing reader’s undivided attention when he recounts the moment when the seed of this curiosity was sown in 10yr. That may be a disappointment to some, but it’s not at all unreasonable in my opinion.

Apr 19, Vignesh Ramanathan rated it it was amazing. There are no trails, handholds. March – Fermat’s Enigma: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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

Too many digressions, too many equations, I thought the book padded for length, though some of its stories wee highly entertaining.

Jun 20, Cassandra Kay Silva rated it it was amazing Shelves: Topics Mathematics Science Book Club. Radoje rated it it was ok Dec 14, Jun 09, Veronica rated fheorem it was amazing Shelves: Published November 22nd by HarperPress first published September 8th This femat has a lot of wonderful elements, and really exemplifies a love of mathematics. Volim nauku, posebno kad je lepo napisana.

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