Fermat presents math’s greatest riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Simon Singh presents Andrew Wiles, the man who finally takes the mystery tied in a neat bow to its conclusion, in a story spanning multiple centuries. He presents Fermat’s Enigma.
A civil servant by trade and a dilettante mathematician by inclination, the brilliant, yet frustratingly mischievous Pierre de Fermat wrote a sentence that sent men of the most bright of brains down a frenzy that lasted hundreds of years.
“I have discovered a truly remarkable proof of this theorem which this margin is too small to contain.”
He died leaving not even a trace of his possible solution, and by doing so, ensured his immortality in the history.
The deceptively simple equation haunted the dreams of mathematicians years to come, each generation laying more to the foundations and taking advantage of standing on the shoulder of giants to tackle the colossus, but it didn’t seem to budge. It was as if the feat was destined to fail, forever, until one day….
Singh includes as much details as possible while keeping the language of the book readable and compelling even for those with aversion to math. Included at the end of the book are appendices for the more interested readers to peruse at their leisure, keeping equation on the main pages to a minimum.
Accessible to everyone without penchant to numbers, rivetingly inspirational to anyone with a bend to science, this book tells the tales of one man and his childhood dream while also illuminating the lives of many others that have passed his path of pursuit, all ultimately crossing to solve the most sought after puzzle in the history of humankind.