Algebraic Number Theory and Fermat's Last Theorem, Fourth by Ian Stewart,David Tall

By Ian Stewart,David Tall

Updated to mirror present examine, Algebraic quantity thought and Fermat’s final Theorem, Fourth Edition introduces primary rules of algebraic numbers and explores the most interesting tales within the heritage of mathematics—the quest for an explanation of Fermat’s final Theorem. The authors use this celebrated theorem to encourage a basic examine of the speculation of algebraic numbers from a comparatively concrete perspective. scholars will see how Wiles’s facts of Fermat’s final Theorem opened many new parts for destiny work.


New to the Fourth Edition



  • Provides updated details on precise best factorization for actual quadratic quantity fields, in particular Harper’s evidence that Z(√14) is Euclidean

  • Presents a tremendous new outcome: Mihăilescu’s evidence of the Catalan conjecture of 1844

  • Revises and expands one bankruptcy into , masking classical rules approximately modular features and highlighting the recent principles of Frey, Wiles, and others that ended in the long-sought facts of Fermat’s final Theorem

  • Improves and updates the index, figures, bibliography, extra studying record, and historic remarks


Written via preeminent mathematicians Ian Stewart and David Tall, this article maintains to coach scholars how you can expand houses of normal numbers to extra common quantity buildings, together with algebraic quantity fields and their earrings of algebraic integers. It additionally explains how uncomplicated notions from the speculation of algebraic numbers can be utilized to unravel difficulties in quantity idea.

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