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By Ian Stewart,David Tall

Updated to mirror present learn, Algebraic quantity concept and Fermat’s final Theorem, Fourth Edition introduces primary principles of algebraic numbers and explores probably the most exciting tales within the heritage of mathematics—the quest for an evidence of Fermat’s final Theorem. The authors use this celebrated theorem to inspire a common examine of the idea of algebraic numbers from a comparatively concrete standpoint. 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 info on specified leading factorization for actual quadratic quantity fields, in particular Harper’s facts that Z(√14) is Euclidean

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

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

  • Improves and updates the index, figures, bibliography, extra analyzing checklist, and ancient remarks

Written by way of preeminent mathematicians Ian Stewart and David Tall, this article keeps to educate scholars tips to expand homes of traditional numbers to extra basic quantity constructions, together with algebraic quantity fields and their jewelry of algebraic integers. It additionally explains how uncomplicated notions from the idea of algebraic numbers can be utilized to unravel difficulties in quantity conception.

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