Mathematical Digest


Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Fermat's Last Stand," by Simon Singh and Kenneth A. Ribet. Scientific American, November 1997, pages 68-73.

This is a lively and accessible account of the many mysteries surrounding the world famous mathematics problem known as Fermat's Last Theorem. Andrew Wiles became an international celebrity when he announced a solution to the problem in 1993. The article provides an engaging look at the mathematicians who have worked on Fermat's Last Theorem and why they are so passionate about their work.

--- Allyn Jackson