'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
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".
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.