A delightful, informative, and accurate book about the probable proof of Fermat's Last Theorem
! [This book is] highly recommended even to readers who think they hate math.
Fermat's last theorem
: The story of a riddle that confounded the world's greatest minds for 358 years.
High school algebra students can comprehend what Fermat's last theorem
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Fermat's Last Theorem
states that if n > 2, then the equation
In my youth, I spent many weekends and school vacations working in my father's hardware store in Princeton where I helped hoity-toity Nobel laureates in literature find the correct screw, and counted out incorrect change to tenured Princeton math professors who had proven Fermat's Last Theorem
. As such, I was exposed to the most pretentious and academic of speech patterns: R's that became H's, throaty schwa E's, nasal and diminutive A's.
French mathematician, and deviser of Fermat's Last Theorem
. 1786: Davy Crockett.
A British mathematician, Andrew Wiles, published his solution of Fermat's Last Theorem
, more than 350 years after the famous son of Toulouse scribbled at the side of the page: "I have discovered a truly marvellous proof of this, which this margin is too narrow to contain." s
Also part of the show are Simon Singh - author of science books Fermat's Last Theorem
, Big Bang and Trick or Treatment - and Bad Science writer and medic Ben Goldacre.
The discussion on Fermat's Last Theorem
was very well presented, including a mathematical overview of Wiles' proof, with references provided if more detail is desired.
Topics discussed include Faltings' finiteness theorem, Wiles' proof of Fermat's Last Theorem
, modular curves and parametrizations, Heegner points, Shimura varieties, the minimal model program, moduli spaces of curves and maps, deformation theory, Galois cohomology, harmonic analysis, and automorphic functions.
In the near future as described by Clarke and Pohl, international peace has been achieved through the intervention of a secretive organization called Pax per Fidem (Peace through Transparency), Sri Lanka has become a global power, and one of its brightest sons is on the verge of figuring out Fermat's Last Theorem
, one of the great unsolved problems of mathematics.