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The Resource Fermat's enigma : the epic quest to solve the world's greatest mathematical problem, Simon Singh ; foreword by John Lynch

Fermat's enigma : the epic quest to solve the world's greatest mathematical problem, Simon Singh ; foreword by John Lynch

Label
Fermat's enigma : the epic quest to solve the world's greatest mathematical problem
Title
Fermat's enigma
Title remainder
the epic quest to solve the world's greatest mathematical problem
Statement of responsibility
Simon Singh ; foreword by John Lynch
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Xn + yn = zn, where n represents 3, 4, 5 ... no solution "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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Singh, Simon
Dewey number
512/.74
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
QA244
LC item number
.S55 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fermat's last theorem
  • Fermat's last theorem
Label
Fermat's enigma : the epic quest to solve the world's greatest mathematical problem, Simon Singh ; foreword by John Lynch
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/samples/random042/98027262.html
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published: New York : Walker, 1997
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-305) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 71
  • 4.
  • Into Abstraction
  • 121
  • 5.
  • Proof by Contradiction
  • 171
  • 6.
  • The Secret Calculation
  • 205
  • 1.
  • 7.
  • A Slight Problem
  • 255
  • Epilogue
  • Grand Unified Mathematics
  • 279
  • Suggestions for Further Reading
  • 301
  • Picture Credits
  • 306
  • "I Think I'll Stop Here"
  • 1
  • 2.
  • The Riddler
  • 35
  • 3.
  • A Mathematical Disgrace
Dimensions
18 cm
Edition
First Anchor Books edition.
Extent
xviii, 315 pages
Isbn
9780385493628
Lccn
98027262
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (OCoLC)39261994
  • (OCoLC)ocm39261994
  • 640618
Label
Fermat's enigma : the epic quest to solve the world's greatest mathematical problem, Simon Singh ; foreword by John Lynch
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/samples/random042/98027262.html
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published: New York : Walker, 1997
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-305) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 71
  • 4.
  • Into Abstraction
  • 121
  • 5.
  • Proof by Contradiction
  • 171
  • 6.
  • The Secret Calculation
  • 205
  • 1.
  • 7.
  • A Slight Problem
  • 255
  • Epilogue
  • Grand Unified Mathematics
  • 279
  • Suggestions for Further Reading
  • 301
  • Picture Credits
  • 306
  • "I Think I'll Stop Here"
  • 1
  • 2.
  • The Riddler
  • 35
  • 3.
  • A Mathematical Disgrace
Dimensions
18 cm
Edition
First Anchor Books edition.
Extent
xviii, 315 pages
Isbn
9780385493628
Lccn
98027262
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (OCoLC)39261994
  • (OCoLC)ocm39261994
  • 640618

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