The Mathematical Career of Pierre de Fermat, 1601-1665

By: Mahoney, Michael Sean

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Card covers show light shelf wear.; A bright, solid book, covers are clean and crisp, text unmarked. ; 9.20 X 6.10 X 0.90 inches; 432 pages; "Hailed as one of the greatest mathematical results of the twentieth century, the recent proof of Fermat's Last Theorem by Andrew Wiles brought to public attention the enigmatic problem-solver Pierre de Fermat, who centuries ago stated his famous conjecture in a margin of a book, writing that he did not have enough room to show his "truly marvelous demonstration." Along with formulating this proposition--xn+yn=zn has no rational solution for n > 2--Fermat, an inventor of analytic geometry, also laid the foundations of differential and integral calculus, established, together with Pascal, the conceptual guidelines of the theory of probability, and created modern number theory. In one of the first full-length investigations of Fermat's life and work, Michael Sean Mahoney provides rare insight into the mathematical genius of a hobbyist who never sought to publish his work, yet who ranked with his contemporaries Pascal and Descartes in shaping the course of modern mathematics."

Title: The Mathematical Career of Pierre de Fermat, 1601-1665

Author Name: Mahoney, Michael Sean

Categories: Mathematics,

Edition: Second Edition; First Printing

Publisher: Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press: 1994

ISBN Number: 0691036667

ISBN Number 13: 9780691036663

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 17746

Keywords: fermat's last theorem Mathematics