Many people may view mathematics as a dry and unemotional subject, but the pursuit of Fermat’s Last Theorem proved otherwise. This mathematical problem was laid down by Pierre de Fermat in the 17th century and became the ultimate challenge for mathematicians for over 350 years. The complexity of the problem was such that it baffled the finest minds in the field, but their determination to solve it reveals a deeply emotional pursuit.
In his book Fermat’s Enigma, Simon Singh captures the heartbreak and mastery that defined the pursuit of the theorem, weaving a mesmerizing story of sacrifice and devotion. After reading this book, you’ll likely have a newfound appreciation for mathematics as an emotional and captivating pursuit.