Fermat’s Last Theorum

Alex Tabarrok points us to a wonderful documentary, called Fermat's Last Theorem made by Simon Singh and John Lynch for the BBC in 1996.

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=8269328330690408516&hl=en&fs=true
Tabarrok writes, 

And then there is Andrew Wiles, the frail knight who for seven lonely years pursues the proof that has ensorcelled
him since childhood. He announces the proof to the world, is featured
on the front page of the New York Times and in People Magazine, he has
the respect and admiration of his colleagues and then he discovers the
proof is wrong.  He works another year trying to fix it but every time
he patches one area another fault line opens up. Even speaking of it now
you can see and hear his utter despair.  It is not too much to imagine
that he was on the verge of a breakdown.  Unforgettable.

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  1. The book’s right good, too. To be read with The Man Who Loved Only Numbers by Paul Hoffman and Four Colors Suffice by Robin J. Wilson. Presumably there will in due time be a good book about Perelman and the PoincarĂ© conjecture, though written without his cooperation.

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