13 Lectures on Fermat's Last Theorem by Paulo Ribenboim

By Paulo Ribenboim

Fermat's challenge, additionally ealled Fermat's final theorem, has attraeted the eye of mathematieians way over 3 eenturies. Many shrewdpermanent tools were devised to attaek the matter, and lots of appealing theories were ereated with the purpose of proving the theory. but, regardless of all of the makes an attempt, the query continues to be unanswered. The topie is gifted within the type 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 heritage, in addition to a seleetion of some of the extra consultant reeent effects. within the leetures whieh persist with, I learn 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 via mathematieians quite often, and never basically via speeialists in quantity concept. even though, because of a trouble in dimension, i'm acutely aware that eertain issues will seem sketehy. one other e-book on Fermat's theorem, now in practise, will eontain a eonsiderable quantity of the teehnieal advancements passed over right here. it is 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 volume.

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