Mathematical Mountaintops by John L. Casti
The Five Most Famous Problems of All Time

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In this brilliant account of mathematicians in action, Casti invites readers to scale mathematical peaks as he recreates solutions to the five greatest mathematical problems of all time.

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John Casti is a professor at the Technical University of Vienna and at the Sante Fe Institute, in New Mexico. An eminent mathematician, he is also the author of popular science books, including Five Golden Rules: Great Theories of 20th-Century Mathematics--And Why They Matter and Godel: A Life of Logic, the Mind, and Mathematics.
Published January 1, 2001 by Oxford University Press, Incorporated. 177 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Even Fermat’s conjecture, which many mathematicians apparently considered a theoretical dead end, has opened up inquiries into the larger problems of which it was a special case, and its successful (and widely reported) solution by Andrew Wiles in 1993 has inspired the creation of prize funds for...

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