On Fermat, his last theorem and a musical??

Pierre de Fermat

I had liked an earlier book of Simon Singh and love numbers (well, who doesn't) and so grabbed the Fermat's Enigma from a local library a couple of weeks ago and happened to read it last week.

After all who can resist a teaser that goes "I have discovered a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition that this margin is too narrow to contain." Well, apparently a whole world of mathematicians have been on or helped this quest for 350 odd years, when an English mathematician of Princeton ("after working in isolation for eight years") finally cracked it, or did he?

A truly rivetting account of a painstaking mathematical journey. Highly recommended for a wonderful Saturday/Sunday afternoon read. Apart from Simon Singh's clear lucid summary of some of the tricky mathematics surrounding the book (such that even a layperson, like me too ahem, can understand), what is commendable about the book, atleast IMO, was that it brings forward the interesting aspects of the lives of the mathematicians involved in the quest.

What the interweb also got me later was the other side of the FLT quest: Pop culture references, limericks, poems and even a off-broadway musical!!

Now, what do I need to do to understand the proof ... sigh :)

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