David said: Simon Singh has the ability to present a story about a Este año tomé nuevamente el libro del Enigma de Fermat, símplemente porque me gustó . El Enigma de Fermat by Simon Singh, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Simon Singh was born in Great Britain in and educated at Imperial College and the University of Cambridge (where he received a Ph. D. in particle.
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This book has a lot of wonderful elements, and really exemplifies a love of mathematics. What Singh has done here is to present a hugely complex subject in a hugely entertaining way.
Nov 27, David rated it it was amazing Recommended to David by: All the math greats who have attempted to solve it but come up a little short, or a lot short.
So, enlgma was a surprise, but not a total surprise. 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. Fermat’s theorem however was not impossible to prove!
From my reading journal: Mar 08, rebecca rated it liked it. View all 8 comments. On the other hand, if you want something more complex and mathematical, you won’t get it here. A must read for those interested in history behind the problem. By the time you reach the ending, you are so engrossed in this world that you can experience the pain in the predicaments faced by Andrew Wiles.
Perhaps in was unprovable, and worst of all, Kurt Godel showed that some theorems are actually undecidable –that is to say, it is impossible even to decide whether or not a theorem is true. I’ve been eingh 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.
And then, starts the roller coaster ride of the great minds who faced the thunderstorms and sunshine in Mathematical history. A must read for fermag enigma lover! Axel Thue i Andrew Hodges, Tjuringov biograf nedoslednost u istom redu! Singh starts with the roots of the famous Fermat’s Last Theorem, by recounting the stories and mathematics of Pythagoras, Euclid, and Euler.
Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World’s Greatest Mathematical Problem
Strongly recommended if you’re remotely interested in mathematics. Fermat’s Enigma Reactions and. And for hundredsd of years the greatest minds in mathematics have tried to find this simple proof and been beaten siomn the problem time and again. Singh is successful in seizing reader’s undivided attention when he recounts the moment when the seed of this curiosity was sown in 10yr. The narration flows like acetone. So if it was really the limitations of the margin and not of Fermat that inhibited publication… what was Fermat’s proof?
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And then, true to his word, the little rascal grew up to become an eminent mathematician, one who finally went into seclusion for seven years in order to hack away at this tremendous proof. Other, less well-known mathematicians are also given credit, for example So Simon Singh has the ability to present a story about a mathematics problem, and tell it engma a detective story.
All in all, the net result is a book that is sensitive to its readers, intelligent, fernat and important. It would ultimately be more satisfying if the proof were a short elegant thing that didn’t involve latest groundbreaking discoveries in math. He enthusiastically demonstrated just how action-packed and exhilarating the life of the mind can be. Want to Read saving….
A brilliant book, beautifully written a tremendous historical question answered in a very modern way, fabulous, well done for readability. If everyone gets to take turns in order of their skill such that worst shoots first, what should the worst do? Okay, mountains–blank, very few markings. I had previously read that during Andrew Wiles’ famous lecture, he just casually let the unsuspecting audience know, “and that is a proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem. Curious and strange revelations into the lives of many of the princes and princesses of mathematics are presented.
The fact that Fermat teasingly? There are no eel, handholds. Simon Singh’s style of weaving a scientific concept into a beautiful story leaves no occasion for the fictional characters and plots. Singh is successful in seizing reader’s undivided attentio Most interesting non-fiction book I have ever read.
El enigma de Fermat – Simon Singh – Google Books
Having said that, all the mathematics in the book can be understood with a background in high school mathematics. Or did he make an error in his proof? Although if you want to actually understand the theorem this book may not be for you!
Thanks for telling us about the problem. For centuries, mathematicians have attempted to prove the theorem, without success. A very trite remark, too lengthy to write in the margin so it is elsewhere, and no one has ever found it or managed to prove his statement, until – – – this book is a brilliant read, you would think it would be as dry as dust, but no!
I just read the summary on the back page and felt like picking up the book and once I started reading it, there was no sijgh it, though I did skipped over complex mathematical equations part. Like old saying goes: I notice there’s an inevitable Wills and Kate bio on the bestseller list at the moment. Jun 09, Veronica rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 17, Rakesh M rated it it was amazing Shelves: Grigori Perlman Perelman enkgma recounted enigmq happened: Until a science writer like Singh explained it in metaphors and broad concepts I wouldn’t understand what the mathematician was doing, but wouldn’t it be weirdly magical to observe!
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. The proof of Pythagoras’s theorem given in this book is so simple that the beauty of mathematical proof is made plain to everyone.