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on May 4, 2015
Way fun! I love math and reading about math history and puzzles, and this book had everything, including being very readable.
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on November 9, 2014
A great book on an important, if obscure, moment in the history of mathematics. The greatest talent Simon Singh has is to present complex concepts and an easy way to understand.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon December 4, 2013
I could not put this book down! In clear, lively, captivating prose the author recounts the story of Fermat's Last Theorem and its elusive mathematical proof. The period covered is essentially from the days of Fermat until the theorem's proof by Andrew Wiles in the mid 1990s. Along the way, the reader is treated to the various valiant efforts by brilliant mathematicians through the centuries towards establishing such a solid proof - all in vain before Dr. Wiles. The ups and downs in the history of this seemingly intangible proof are particularly well illustrated.

Throughout the book, the reader is exposed to various mathematical objects that mostly form part of number theory, as well as mathematical techniques that have been developed over time. Because the mathematics is so masterfully described, this book should be accessible to a wide audience.

This amazing book should appeal especially to mathematics/science enthusiasts but any interested general reader could follow it quite easily and enjoy it tremendously.
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on January 10, 2006
This is the best book I had read about mathematics in last few years. It's beautiful.
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on May 2, 2004
Simon Singh never fails. This is a great book like all of his others. You really can't go wrong.
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on June 20, 2003
Singh writes with great skill of suspense, with minimal of math equations to help readers navigate the path to solving the ultimate math riddle of all time by a lone genius..Profoundly absorbing and engaging! Readers will no doubt also find the appendices helpful and intriguing.
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on December 19, 2002
Never thought I would use the words "Romance" "Suspense" "Thriller" and the History of Mathematics in the same sentence. Great book and worth reading. It is a gripping account of the events leading to the solving of one of the greatest puzzles in Mathematics.
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on June 11, 2002
Singh and Lynch have successfully presented one of the most abstract subjects in a simple to understand language. For those who put down a Maths book by looking at the complex equations: Fear Not, this one does not go too deep into equations and relies more on plain English to convey the point. I think that Appendixes could have been a bit more descriptive. Overall it was a fun read. I highly recommend this one for Mathematics appetite of Not-So-Mathematical.
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on May 28, 2002
I read Singh's FERMAT'S ENIGMA after reading Singh's CODE BOOK. Unfortunately, the latter is by far the better book. Although the CODE BOOK manages to cover both the personal and the quantitative side of the recent revolutions in cryptography, FERMAT'S ENIGMA does not attempt to break into the actual mathematical proofs at all. The result feels like one of those NBC human interest stories that take up airtime from the Olympic Games. The essence is in the math, but we hear instead about the innovators' daily lives.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I know what you are thinking... a book about mathematics and its practitioners is probably as exciting as watching paint dry. But you would be wrong in this assumption. Simon Singh does a masterful job of describing the history of mathematics as an obsession, profession, and scholarly endeavor. Along with the quest by mathematicians to find a proof for the paradoxical equation known as Fermat's Last Theorem, the author gives fantastic information regarding math philosophy and the practical uses of theoretical mathematics (such as decoding messages by the Nazis in WWII).
I was so impressed with this book that I am attempting to do everything I can to get people to give it a look. Lets face it a book about the history of a search for a mathematical proof is not exactly Tom Clancy material.... but I urge everyone to give this book a chance it is EXCELLENT!!!!
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