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1. Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem by Amir D. Azcel, Amir D. Aczel | |
Paperback: 160
Pages
(2007-10-12)
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Editorial Review Product Description Simple, elegant, and utterly impossible to prove, Fermat's last theorem captured the imaginations of mathematicians for more than three centuries. For some, it became a wonderful passion. For others it was an obsession that led to deceit, intrigue, or insanity. In a volume filled with the clues, red herrings, and suspense of a mystery novel, Amir D. Aczel reveals the previously untold story of the people, the history, and the cultures that lie behind this scientific triumph. From formulas devised from the farmers of ancient Babylonia to the dramatic proof of Fermat's theorem in 1993, this extraordinary work takes us along on an exhilarating intellectual treasure hunt. Revealing the hidden mathematical order of the natural world in everything from stars to sunflowers, Fermat's Last Theorem brilliantly combines philosophy and hard science with investigative journalism. The result: a real-life detective story of the intellect, at once intriguing, thought-provoking, and impossible to put down. If only the margin had been wider! For more than 300 years,mathematicians labored to crack the secret of Fermat's Last Theorem,without any success. Finally, in 1995, a Princeton-based mathematiciannamed Andrew Wiles solved the riddle. Amir Aczel's accountof this brainteaser and its solution is an irresistible read. And formathematical dolts--like myself, for instance--it includes a concise,profusely illustrated history of mathematical theory from the BronzeAge to our own fin-de-siecle. Customer Reviews (38)
A Marvellous Little Book
Fermat creates his own legend
A brief history of the search for the proof for Fermat's Last Theorem
Interesting read!
For me useful |
2. Fermat's Last Theorem for Amateurs by Paulo Ribenboim | |
Hardcover: 428
Pages
(1999-02-11)
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Title is misleading but a pretty good book
Difficult book but great topic coverage
Great selection of material, difficult book
"Amateur" mathematicians, that is ! If, like me, you are a person who took some math in college, enjoys recreational mathematics books of the Douglas Hofstadter and Ian Stewart genre, and even sometimes picks up the odd number-theory book, you might consider yourself an "amateur." If...if... this might seem like the book for you. I'd suggest that its not. The mathematics in this book and its level of presentation was simply impenetrable by me. Not slow going... "no" going. That's frustrating to admit, but in a way fine, since it affirms of my admiration at a distance of the work that professional mathematicians do. I have seen many cited who state that Wiles' proof is simply beyond the ken of even 95% of working mathematicians. I believe this book must really be intended to serve some fraction of that group.Perhaps within the fold of mathematics these would consider themselves "amateurs". My two stars are offered only for them. The book is simply not for the "lay" amateur. And Ribenboim's titling of it suggests that he does not even know that this lower caste, containing those of us who enjoy recreational mathematics and would describe ourselves as "amateurs", even exists. We know we exist as something mathematically distinct from the general population by the simple fact of the universally raised eyebrows that confront any mention of our interest in mathematics. Nevertheless, like any other species in a niche, we will have to continue to feed on a sparse supply of intellectual sustenance and learn to avoid the over-rich and indigestible fare of the higher forms. Finally, if you haven't read Singh or Aczel I'd offer the former 5 stars and the latter 3 but recommend both. A truly fascinating story.
An excellant work, good for any serious study of FLT. |
3. Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem by Simon Singh | |
Paperback: 336
Pages
(1998-09-08)
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Editorial Review Product Description "I have discovered a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain." With these words, the seventeenth-century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat threw down the gauntlet to future 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 more than 350 years.In Fermat's Enigma--based on the author's award-winning documentary film, which aired on PBS's "Nova"--Simon Singh tells the astonishingly entertaining 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 mathematics. Customer Reviews (266)
Wonderful book!
Extraordinary book!
A Fun Read Through History
Not yet received
Excitig! |
4. Fermat's Last Theorem: A Genetic Introduction to Algebraic Number Theory (Graduate Texts in Mathematics) by Harold M. Edwards | |
Paperback: 407
Pages
(2000-01-14)
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Old school algebraic number theory with heavy Kummer bias
great book
Read this if you're seriously interested in math. The answer, of course, is that attacks on the problem revealed deep and important connections between elementary number theory and various other branches of mathematics, such as the theory of rings. Thus, as so often in mathematics, the importance of the problem lies in where it leads the mind, rather than in the problem itself. Harold M. Edwards' book is a minor classic of exposition, showing how the instincts of top-flight research mathematicians lead them to fruitful work from a seemingly unimportant starting point. I'm only sorry that Professor Edwards seems never to have completed the second volume he had hoped to write. Thus book deserves to be read by a much larger audience than it has gotten; in particular, I believe every graduate student in math who hopes to do good research, regardless of specialty, would benefit from reading it. Beyond that, any mathematically inclined reader with a modicum of training in math, is likely to find this a fascinating book. ... Read more |
5. Modular Forms and Fermat's Last Theorem (Volume 0) | |
Paperback: 608
Pages
(2000-01-14)
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Yet another application of elliptic curves...
Great?!?!
Highly recommended |
6. Algebraic Number Theory and Fermat's Last Theorem: Third Edition by Ian Stewart, David Tall | |
Hardcover: 250
Pages
(2001-12-01)
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Not bad, but much to be improved.
Great Introductory Book to Algebraic Number Theory
skips too much
tough problems => good for the student
Very clear introduction to Algebraic Number Theory |
7. Invitation to the Mathematics of Fermat-Wiles by Yves Hellegouarch | |
Hardcover: 400
Pages
(2001-10-17)
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An exciting book, but, beware!
An excellent introduction |
8. The World's Most Famous Math Problem: The Proof of Fermat's Last Theorem and Other Mathematical Mysteries by Marilyn vos Savant | |
Paperback: 80
Pages
(1993-10-15)
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Another error she made
Blame the publisher for Marilyn's mistakes
A review of these reviews
Im SO excited
the world's IQest woman? |
9. Notes on Fermat's Last Theorem by Alfred J. van der Poorten | |
Hardcover: 240
Pages
(1996-02-02)
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One of the best books I have ever read
good as motivation for a grad student
Neither recreational nor instructive
Not for the faint-hearted
Assumes Far More Than High School Math |
10. Elliptic Curves, Modular Forms and Fermat's Last Theorem, 2nd Edition by various | |
Hardcover: 340
Pages
(1998-01-01)
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11. Number Theory Related to Fermat's Last Theorem (Progress in Mathematics) by Neal Koblitz | |
Hardcover: 362
Pages
(1983-04)
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12. Fermat's Last Theorem by Ran Van Vo | |
Hardcover: 124
Pages
(2002-03)
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13. Seminar on Fermat's Last Theorem: 1993-1994 The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Conference Proceedings (Canadian Mathematical Society)) | |
Paperback: 265
Pages
(1995-09)
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Editorial Review Product Description Wiles' work draws on many of the tools of modern number theory and the purpose of this volume is to introduce readers to some of this background material. Based on a seminar held during 1993--1994 at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, this book contains articles on elliptic curves, modular forms and modular curves, Serre's conjectures, Ribet's theorem, deformations of Galois representations, Euler systems, and annihilators of Selmer groups. All of the authors are well known in their field and have made significant contributions to the general area of elliptic curves, Galois representations, and modular forms. Features: Brings together a unique collection of number theoretic tools. Makes accessible the tools needed to understand one of the biggest breakthroughs in mathematics. Provides numerous references for further study. |
14. Fermat's Last Theorem Proved: Award Offered for Refutation by Shafi U. Ahmed | |
Paperback: 32
Pages
(1990-03-15)
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15. Three Lectures On Fermat's Last Theorem by LJ MORDELL | |
Paperback: 38
Pages
(2010-05-25)
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16. FERMAT'S LAST THEOREM: UNLOCKING THE SECRET OF AN ANCIENT MATHEMATICAL PROBLEM by AMIR D. ACZEL | |
Hardcover: 160
Pages
(1997)
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17. Three Lectures on Fermat's Last Theorem: -1921 by L. J. (Louis Joel) Mordell | |
Paperback: 54
Pages
(2009-07-24)
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18. Congruence surds and Fermat's last theorem by Max Michael Munk | |
Unknown Binding: 33
Pages
(1977)
Isbn: 0533028248 Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan | |
19. 13 Lectures on Fermat's Last Theorem by Paulo Ribenboim | |
Paperback: 332
Pages
(2010-11-02)
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20. The Fermat Diary by C. J. Mozzochi | |
Hardcover: 196
Pages
(2000-10-24)
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Editorial Review Product Description This diary takes us through the process of discovery as reported by those who worked on the great puzzle: Gerhard Frey who conjectured that Shimura-Taniyama implies Fermat; Ken Ribet who followed a difficult and speculative plan of attack suggested by Jean-Pierre Serre and established the statement by Frey; and Andrew Wiles who announced a proof of enough of the Shimura-Taniyama conjecture to settle Fermat's Last Theorem, only to announce months later that there was a gap in the proof. Finally, we are brought to the historic event on September 19, 1994, when Wiles, with the collaboration of Richard Taylor, dramatically closed the gap. The book follows the much-in-demand Wiles through his travels and lectures, finishing with the Instructional Conference on Number Theory and Arithmetic Geometry at Boston University. There are many important names in the recent history of Fermat's Last Theorem. This book puts faces and personalities to those names. Mozzochi also uncovers the details of certain key pieces of the story. For instance, we learn in Frey's own words the story of his conjecture, about his informal discussion and later lecture at Oberwolfach and his letter containing the actual statement. We learn from Faltings about his crucial role in the weeks before Wiles made his final announcement. An appendix contains the Introduction of Wiles' Annals paper in which he describes the evolution of his solution and gives a broad overview of his methods. Shimura explains his position concerning the evolution of the Shimura-Taniyama conjecture. Mozzochi also conveys the atmosphere of the mathematical community---and the Princeton Mathematics Department in particular---during this important period in mathematics. This eyewitness account and wonderful collection of photographs capture the marvel and unfolding drama of this great mathematical and human story. Customer Reviews (2)
The story of Fermat and the last theorem that took 300 years to solve
Watching Wiles I expect that only people with a fascination for Mathematics will bother with this book - yet it is exciting to follow Wiles' struggles. Mathematics in the birthing has the same drama as ordinary life. There's a charming anecdote of a fellow who summarizes in a few words the encouragement and admiration of the public in chance encounters with Wiles. There is little "character development", but Wiles' patience with the mathematical public during the vetting of his damaged proof is suggestive of his mettle. And his sense of humour complements his lectures well. There is a history of the Modularity Conjecture, and an overview of the proof, linking Taniyama's conjecture to Fermat's, via Frey, Serre, Ribet, and finally Wiles. The list of references is excellent, as is Murty's review of the 95 Boston conference on Wiles' proof. The pictures are valuable, but fewer (or smaller) would have been better. Blackboards aren't particularly charming. |
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