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 excess of 3 eenturies. Many shrewdpermanent tools were devised to attaek the matter, and lots of appealing theories were ereated with the purpose of proving the concept. but, regardless of the entire 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 background, in addition to a seleetion of some of the extra consultant reeent effects. within the leetures whieh persist with, I research 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 through mathematieians often, and never merely through speeialists in quantity idea. even if, as a result of a problem in measurement, i'm conscious that eertain issues will look sketehy. one other publication on Fermat's theorem, now in coaching, will eontain a eonsiderable quantity of the teehnieal advancements passed over the following. it is going to serve those that desire to research those concerns extensive and, i am hoping, it is going to make clear and eomplement the current volume.

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