By Paulo Ribenboim

ISBN-10: 0387904328

ISBN-13: 9780387904320

Fermat's challenge, additionally ealled Fermat's final theorem, has attraeted the eye of mathematieians way over 3 eenturies. Many shrewdpermanent equipment were devised to attaek the matter, and lots of attractive theories were ereated with the purpose of proving the concept. but, regardless of all of the makes an attempt, the query is still unanswered. The topie is gifted within the kind of leetures, the place I survey the most traces of labor at the challenge. within the first leetures, there's a very short deseription of the early historical past, in addition to a seleetion of some of the extra consultant reeent effects. within the leetures whieh stick with, I study in sue eession the most theories eonneeted with the matter. The final lee tu res are approximately analogues to Fermat's theorem. a few of these leetures have been aetually given, in a shorter model, on the Institut Henri Poineare, in Paris, in addition to at Queen's college, in 1977. I endeavoured to produee a textual content, readable by way of mathematieians quite often, and never in basic terms by means of speeialists in quantity thought. in spite of the fact that, as a result of a quandary in dimension, i'm conscious that eertain issues will seem sketehy. one other e-book on Fermat's theorem, now in practise, will eontain a eonsiderable volume of the teehnieal advancements passed over right here. it's going to serve those that desire to study those issues intensive and, i am hoping, it is going to make clear and eomplement the current quantity.

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