I recently completed reading Simon Singh’s “Fermat’s Last Theorem” and must admire how Simon has managed to trace the historical breakthroughs as well as breakdowns in this battle to solve one of the most innocent yet unsolved riddles in mathematics. Fermats last theorem seems very naive, basically it states that the Pythagoras Theorem is true but if we change the power from 2 to any other whole number, no whole number solutions exist.

Pierre de Fermat proposed this in one of the texts “Diophantus”, but he also wrote that the margins were too narrow for the proof although he had a wonderful proof. It took almost three centuries to prove…but theres more.

A definite read for the curious mind, traces the history of mathematics, especially number theory.

## Monthly Archives: February 2008

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