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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Full review to follow. We now know that all of Fermat’s conjectures ultimately proved to be solvable and that Fermat’s own notes would seem to indicate that he had indeed apparently found ways to solve each of them.

Non poteva che scaturirne una dimostrazione banale. View all 8 comments. Book ratings by Goodreads. I really can’t help it that I find this subject simply too boring simo really enjoy. Topics Mathematics Science Book Club.

Fermat’s Last Theorem

Suffice it to say that I was happy here to read that Taniyama-Shimura get their well-earned due and that modular and elliptical equations can finally be understood to be mathematically analogous whether or not I have any idea what modular equations actually are. Accordingly we learn quite a lot about the testing of mathematical argument and the difference between always-provisional “proof” of a theory in science and the absolute proof demanded in mathematics.

Singh takes us through the history of Mathematics related to FLT chronologically depicting many interesting stories. View all 17 comments.

It conveys perfectly to a layman the sense of accomplishment that the mathematical community associates with cracking the proof for this theorem. Understandably, as the final paper by Andrew Wiles proving the theorem is over pages long, contains a number of brand new mathematical ideas, and is practically indecipherable to the lay reader I enjoyed it, especially when the author found a common, understandable subject to explain parts of the problem.


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

Dec 13, Tara rated it it was amazing Shelves: That way, even if you miss, you at least had a chance to take aim at the only person smon to shoot back. Does anyone here have a extra copy?

Pierre Fermat turns out to have been quite the prankster, often tweaking professional mathematicians and academics by mailing them problems they knew full well he had already solved. Everybody understood that if the proof is correct, then no other recognition is needed.

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I was really interested in reading ssimon book after hearing about the problem in another book, and it definitely started out great as I was reading about Pythagoras and the secret brotherhood, Fermat, and of course Andrew Wiles.

Still, all of this leads to what I think is an even more tantalizing problem.

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. Come to think of it, those percentages hold true for the rest of my life.

Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh – book review

You will be able to empathize with the setbacks, hopes and tussles Wiles faced when his childhood dream was about to shatter after making it almost there! 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. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of This was a linkage between two far-flung branches of mathematics that seemed to be totally unrelated.


Singh doesn’t get a lot of help from the two figures at the heart of this book. View all 4 comments. Stalin’s Daughter Rosemary Sullivan. I live with a mathematician now – so had a go at this book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Strongly recommended if you’re remotely interested in mathematics. La segunda mitad entra en tema y se deja leer aunque en verdad el trabajo de Wiles fue nuy aburrido: Also, reading about Galois’s amazing life always makes me giddy. The”Fermat’s Enigma” review by Erica Blum. More importantly, it never got bogged down with unnecessary details or lost in minutiae, and never meandered down exasperating tangents, as many otherwise outstanding history books are wont to do.

Three hundred fifty years ago, Fermat wrote the following theorem in the margin of a mathematics book: It had to be different from Andrew Wile’s proof; does it exist? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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 http: Preview — Fermat’s Enigma by Simon Singh.

So, it is still a mystery, how Fermat had that proof that was very simple.