Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"QED": A review of Fermat's Enigma by Simon Singh. Reviewed by Roger Penrose. New York Times Book Review, 30 November 1997, page 12.

This book recounts the history of Fermat's Last Theorem, culminating in the proof of the theorem by Andrew Wiles. The book not only describes the enormous achievement of Wiles in completing the proof, but also gives a sense of what mathematics and mathematicians are like. "I strongly recommend this book to anyone wishing to catch a glimpse of what is one of the most important and ill-understood, but oldest cultural activities of humanity," Penrose says in the review.

--- Allyn Jackson