Saturday, April 30, 2005

Popular Books on Fermat's Last Theorem

Fermat's Last Theorem is one of the most famous math problems of all time. When Andrew Wiles proposed that he had a solution, it was front page news.

There are numerous books which provide a general introduction to the problem and the history of its solution. The most popular one seems to be Simon Singh's Fermat's Enigma. Simon Singh also has a web site.

Additionally, PBS dedicated an entire episode of Nova to the investigation of the theorem and its solution by Andrew Wiles. The Nova episode is called The Proof. PBS has a web site.

The popular books and the Nova episode provide great background on the story and the significance of Wiles' proof. Unfortunately, they provide only a high level coverage of the proof's major ideas.

Many books have claimed to provide details for amateurs. I find all of these books to be very difficult. They are great for more advanced math students, but for most others, they can be quite a challenge.

In this blog, I will try to present details that bridge the gap between these works and Wiles' proof.


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i would like to introduce my 1 page proof of FLT.Here is the link.

There are 2 minor corrections in the 5th comment.

Michael Paul Goldenberg said...

I would like to introduce my one-line proof of FLT, but unfortunately, the margins of this box are too narrow to hold it.