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on September 24, 2016
More a novel than anything else, but the beginning is good
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on June 22, 2016
Excellent read
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon February 26, 2016
This is a non-fiction mathematical detective story. Very intriguing. I didn't find the book completely evenly paced all the way through. However, the author was good at boiling complex concepts down so that an engaged reader could follow the discussion (only occasionally I found myself wishing there was more detail and technical explanation). A very good exploration of a long-standing mathematical mystery. As someone not well versed in the history of mathematics but definitely interested, it held my attention and didn't let go.
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on February 23, 2016
It's a great literature for anyone wishing to know more about the history and evolution of mathematics. Well done research.
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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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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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