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In number theory Fermat’s Last Theorem states that no three positive integers a, b , and c satisfy For the book by Simon Singh, see Fermat’s Last Theorem (book). This theorem was first conjectured by Pierre de Fermat in in the margin of a copy of “Memoria bibliographica sull’ultimo teorema di Fermat”. : ULTIMO TEOREMA DE FERMAT, EL () by SIMON SINGH and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books . Posiblemente, el nombre del libro y el tema que trata (el cómo Andrew Wiles logró . provare a individuare una dimostrazione per l’ultimo teorema di Fermat.

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Fermat’s Last Theorem

Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Paperbackpages. To see ultiko your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I cannot find a copy of this book the portuguese version.

Does anyone here have a extra copy? Or knows were I can buy one? Abhishek Muralidharan The copy is available online i geuss. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. I guess the author does a reasonable job. But when I reached the snigh, I still didn’t feel I understood at all how the proof worked. Probably that’s just because it’s so bloody hard.

I got a lot more though out of Prime ObsessionDerbyshire’s book on the Riemann Hypothesis, where the author opens up the box and shows you some of the actual math View all 8 comments.

What a fun book this was thanks, Trevor, for the recommendation! There are many reasons I think I like good nonfiction — a sense of direct relevance, gravitas, frequent insights into the workings of the universe and peoplebut mostly for knowledge narcs — high levels of information density served up into an intriguing package by someone else who has undertaken the heavy lifting research, organization, thinking.

So, here in Singh’s work I get a solid lay understanding not only of the p What a fun book this dl thanks, Trevor, for the recommendation!

המשפט האחרון של פרמה

So, here in Singh’s work I get a solid lay understanding not only of the proof to Fermat’s Last Theorem, but of much of mathematics and the lives of mathematicians since the seventeenth century. I’ve been thinking also about what attracts me to books on mathematical topics — the works by Martin Gardner, William Poundstone, and the various other authors in the company of whose thoughts I’ve had pleasure to spend a week or more. What I’ve come away with, is that the best of them feed off surprises, those bits of counterintuitive anecdotes that leave you blurting out, “Huh.

How about that,” and then looking madly around for someone to tell. Like a book of jokes, riddles, or puzzles that provides immediate gratification in the back of the book, Fermat’s Enigma plugs at least ten conundrums and their easy-to-understand, logical solutions into its appendices. For example — say you’re unlucky enough to be forced into a three-way duel. If everyone gets to take turns in order of their skill such that worst shoots first, what should the worst do? Aim at the best in the hopes of getting lucky and eliminating the most dangerous gunsel?

Nope, the correct answer is to pass up the turn in the hopes that your first shot will get to be expended against only one remaining combatant. That way, even if you miss, you at least had a chance to take aim at the only person able to shoot back. 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. Just think, were it not for the scrupulous care taken by Fermat’s son to go through and publish all of Fermat, Sr.


Andrew Wiles published the first and only? 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.

Still, all of this leads to what I think is an even more tantalizing problem. 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. But there is no doubt that Fermat’s solution could not have relied on the up-to-the-minute maths Wiles employs over pages.

So if it was really the limitations of the margin and not of Fermat that inhibited publication… what was Fermat’s proof? View all 4 comments. Non poteva che scaturirne una dimostrazione banale. La dimostrazione di quell’equazione banale fece perdere il sonno alle maggiori menti matematiche di tutto il mondo, che per anni si arrovellarono per trovare una soluzione.

In matematica si ritiene che un teorema sia dimostrato quando con un procedimento logico se ne fornisce inequivocabilmente e incontestabilmente la correttezza. Possibile che Fermat avesse trovato una dimostrazione a questo teorema? Ecco, il libro spiega la storia di questa dimostrazione e dei grandi matematici che ci hanno lavorato, spiega la bellezza delle sfide matematiche, l’ostinazione e la determinazione richiesta, l’inventiva necessaria e la potenza di un risultato che diventa “eterno”.

O si omette la frase, o la si spiega. Riesce pure a mettere errori di matematica nelle definizioni che, mi dispiace, in un libro di matematica noooooo, proprio non accetto!. Fermat era un buontempone e ci ha preso in giro per anni. Ma senza di lui, oggi le nostre conoscenze matematiche sarebbero certamente inferiori Na margini svog primerka Diophantusove “Aritmetike”Fermat je zapisao: Iako je postojao propust u Freyevom postupku, Ribet je Volim nauku, posebno kad je lepo napisana.

Axel Thue i Andrew Hodges, Tjuringov biograf nedoslednost u istom redu! There’re many intriguing mathematical topics. I’m not a maths person. I pretty much hated it at school, and pulled myself through somehow. So I was reading this as I was much more interested in the story of solving a problem that confounded the finest minds in maths for years.

Fermat posed this, and in scribbled he’d solved it, and promptly snuffed it. Inconsiderate really, as for the next years no one could work it out, and many tried. Until Andrew Wiles did just 15 years before the year period to claim a prize for solving it ran out too. And that’s basically the book.

Singh covers a lot of complicated maths in this but does so well.

המשפט האחרון של פרמה by Simon Singh (3 star ratings)

There are passages that get into this, but as someone more interested in the human story than advanced theoretical maths, I found they were explained for the interested reader, but a full understanding wasn’t essential to enjoy the telling of the tale. Singh obviously had access to Wiles – who gave the story of how he did it, and which seems to be perhaps characteristically shorn of much of his emotions. A fascinating story, accessibly told.


Y no los juzgo. The book is a quick read. There is just enough information in it for a tforema to know sufficiently about the Fermat’s Last Theorem and its proof to be able to boast at a coffee table discussion with friends. While a good portion of the story covers a wide span in history, much of the story is a limited biography of Andrew Wiles, the mathematician responsible for the poof of Fermat’s Last Theorem.

Fermta, as with any retelling of historical events, Singh offers a subjective view t The book is a quick read. However, as with any retelling of historical events, Singh offers a subjective view that is sometimes a bit arguable and of course oversimplified.

Most of the math was kept in the abstract, understandably. Trying to condense the basic ideas of the comprehensive proof that only few top mathematicians in the world can understand into a chapter or two simob to the average reader is an impossible task.

Still I feel that the essence should have been in the math, but the reader gets instead a inspiring story, about a man’s sinfh quest for an absolute truth. Plus the problem was finally solved by a Princeton professor, so, school pride!

Not that I can really claim any personal connection to the math department, seeing as how I fell off the wagon at Calculus and never made it to the cool stuff. Read more at A Spirited Mind Eh, acceptable pop math if you dig that kind of thing. Something like Fermat books got published shortly aftermany of them immediately seeing massive revisions following Katz’s discovery of the Kolyvagin-Flach gaps. Where’re the books about Grigori Perelman?

Fermat’s Last Theorem – Wikipedia

He’s a far more fascinating character, I bet. Andrew Wiles, matematico britannico, raccogliendo il testimone di innumerevoli studiosi che l’hanno preceduto, decide di dedicarsi ad un’impresa che aveva visto sconfitti matematici per oltre anni, yeorema provare a individuare una dimostrazione per l’ultimo teorema di Fermat. E come procede la ricerca matematica? Per tentativi di dimostrazione.

Detto meglio ottiene risultati intermedi che a volte sono comunque risultati di grande valore. Una immagine semplice ma molto chiara di Wiles fa comprendere gli stati d’animo df accompagnano chi si occupa di ricerca matematica: Avanzi a tentoni urtando nei mobili, ma a poco a poco riesci a individuare la posizione di ciascun mobile.

Brancoli in territori inesplorati. E all’improvviso la luce. E pare strano, ma nel momento in cui all’improvviso femrat vede” si provano grandi sensazioni. Ma soprattutto io ammiro la tenacia.

Slmon Andrew Wiles riesce nell’impresa. Impiega quasi un decennio. Mette in relazione in maniera inconfutabile rami diversi della matematica, gettando ponti tra isole di conoscenza fefmat a quel momento non correlate e, con una dimostrazione di pagine assolutamente innovativa per le tecniche utilizzate, porta a casa il testimone di tutti coloro che l’avevano preceduto senza arrivare alla meta.

Overall I think Singh does a great job of weaving an interesting story where so much of its context has to be stricken. He uses narrative, biography, and human interest to make it read well and easy. Along the way you learn not only about the accomplishments of great mathematicians, but their philosophies and personalities.