Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh
Fermat’s Last Theorem is (from the intellectual point of view) the most beautiful and thrilling book I’ve read this year.
It tells the full “story of a riddle that confounded the world’s greatest minds for 358 years” — until mathematician Andrew Wiles found a proof in 1993 to a problem formulated centuries earlier by the infamous riddler Pierre de Fermat. Wiles followed his childhood dream and after establishing himself in the academia he worked for years in total secrecy to find a solution to a problem that was by many already considered unbreakable. Singh did a superb job to introduce readers to the long history of Fermat’s theorem and dropped enough breadcrumbs for anyone with basic understanding of high school math to follow the developing mystery from its inception to its final stages, establishing Wiles as one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century. Just don’t be discouraged by the seemingly difficult topic. The book is actually very entertaining and its logic is easy to follow — one of the most impressive achievements in popular science literature.