Agnes Pujo Pujo từ Palmarejo, Corozal 00783, Puerto Rico
Tôi đọc nó bởi vì tôi rất thích The Dress Lodger, nó rất thú vị.
Do not be fooled by my rating. This has the making of an excellent story. It was only 15 pages, therefore I reserve the right to adjust the ratings as I read #2, which is pre-ordered.
It's not my favorite, but I have already read it 4 times and it is tolerable. It sort of reminds me of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, etc. It rambles, and that is a fun thing for little kids, as well as adults who think in circles.
How can you go wrong with a book that starts with "It was a dark and stormy night..."? This is the first book of The Galactic Milieu Trilogy. In addition there is a set of prequels and post-quels to the trilogy. I'm a sucker for good plot and this series definitely has it. In addition, it also has great humor, lots of big words (a dictionary by my side at all times), and impeccable research (who knew that you could still buy ice axes are REI in the year 2113?). And so the first paragraph continues with "...as so many nights were on Denali, where topography and climate conspired to produce some of the Galaxy's worst weather. Worst from a human point of view, of course, unless that human was addicted to Nordic skiing..."
This book is about the history of mathematicians trying to find a proof for Fermat's theorem, formulated 350 years ago. Pierre de Fermat, the great French mathematician, postulates that x^n + y^n = z^n has no non-zero integer solutions for x, y and z when n > 2. Fermat also wrote that he has discovered a truly remarkable proof which his notebook margin was too small to contain. That set the mathematical community to find the 'elegant' proof that Fermat talked about. After almost 150 years, the great German mathematician Euler gave up trying to prove it and slammed that Fermat himself never probably had a proof. More failures followed. Finally in 1993, Dr.Andrew Wiles of Princeton Uni, produces a complicated proof running into hundreds of pages. Dr.Wiles had been fascinated by the problem since the age of 10 and when he solves it, he was 43 years old! Unfortunately, a few months later, a flaw was reported in the proof and Wiles had to go back and work on it for another 18 months before producing the ultimate proof! It hit the first page in the New York Times. Dr.Simon Singh captures the drama of the 350 years beautifully, without resorting to much complicated mathematics. He traces the origin of the problem from its roots in the simple Pythagorean theorem of the sides of a right angled triangle. It is a superbly written book and a must for anyone interested in science and mathematics.