Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fermat's Last Theorem: The story of a riddle that confounded the world's greatest minds for 358 years (Taschenbuch)
The book is about the history of one of the most outstanding problems in the history of mathematics namely; Fermat's last theorem. Fermat's famous theorem can be understood by middle school pupils but it's proof has persistently eluded history's most powerful minds for over 350 years. Singh's master piece follows Fermat's theorem from its very roots some 2000 years before the birth of Fermat to its final proof by Andrew Wills in 1993. Singh literally transport's the reader from ancient Greece, to third century Alexandria, to seventeenth century France, to second world war Europe, to the boots of Andrew Wills in pursuit of this unique theorem. Three centuries of rich history are beautifully woven into a thrilling tale. The book covers a wide assortment of very interesting topics including; Pythagoras and his secret society, Euclid and his elements, Fermat and his legacy, Euler and his attempts, women in mathematics, Hilbert and his problems, Turing and his machines, Wills and his determined struggle and much more all in clear and vivid narration readily accessible to the general reader. The book establishes a tender balance between daunting detail and frustrating superficialism; an impressive task considering the highly complicated mathematics included. The author gives readers a new perspective to the world of mathematics. All said, this is one of the best popular science books I ever read. It gripped my attention from the moment I flipped its front cover to the moment I put it down a couple of days later. Simply magnificent!
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