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Fermat's Last Theorem Audiobook

Fermat's Last Theorem: The Story of a Riddle That Confounded the World's Greatest Minds for 358 Years

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'I have a truly marvellous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.' It was with these words, written in the 1630s, that Pierre de Fermat intrigued and infuriated the mathematics community.

For over 350 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.

In 1993, after years of secret toil, Englishman Andrew Wiles announced to an astounded audience that he had cracked Fermat's Last Theorem. He had no idea of the nightmare that lay ahead.

In Fermat's Last Theorem Simon Singh has crafted a remarkable tale of intellectual endeavour spanning three centuries, and a moving testament to the obsession, sacrifice and extraordinary determination of Andrew Wiles: one man against all the odds.

©2012 Simon Singh (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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    Roystoned 25/09/2016
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    "A thriller of mathematical proportions!"

    As a non mathematician, being a student of engineering during the 90's, this book provides an easy read into the background of Fermat's last theorem. Then we have the hunt of the chase we're our hero is denied his prize as defeat is wrestled from the jaws of victory. What follows defies the imagination and you would think you are reading a piece of fiction. As with all great stories that you couldn't make up this delivers the punchline in a fitting manner. Simon Singh is to be commended for the presentation of this story, presenting it in a form that is easy for the non PhD mathematician to read and understand without making it patronising in anyway. And in the words of the great man himself "I think I will stop there".

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    Vijayant Singh 01/05/2017
    Vijayant Singh 01/05/2017 Member Since 2016

    mathematics, philosophy, physics, arts, religion, linguistics, polity, literature, science, non-fiction, and a bit of fiction here && there.

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    "Incredible"

    Right up there with the best scientific stories. You can't afford to miss it if you're into any mathematics. The content is brilliant, only a trained scientist like Dr. Singh could have achieve that... The travails of 8 years are well covered, text is friendly enough for laymen, at places, exposure to high school algebra helps but isn't a block. Narration is top class, however, explanation of figures warranted more attention - not a dampener though. Overall a five star effort, credit to the protagonist, Dr. Wiles, his support systems, giants on whose shoulders the proof stands tall, and of course, the suthar, for a job well done indeed.

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