By Ian Stewart,David Tall

Updated to mirror present examine, Algebraic quantity concept and Fermat’s final Theorem, Fourth Edition introduces primary rules of algebraic numbers and explores some of the most fascinating tales within the historical past of mathematics—the quest for an evidence of Fermat’s final Theorem. The authors use this celebrated theorem to encourage a common examine of the speculation 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 up to date details on particular top factorization for actual quadratic quantity fields, specifically Harper’s evidence that Z(√14) is Euclidean

  • Presents an incredible new outcome: Mihăilescu’s facts of the Catalan conjecture of 1844

  • Revises and expands one bankruptcy into , protecting classical rules approximately modular features and highlighting the recent rules 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 analyzing record, and ancient remarks


Written through preeminent mathematicians Ian Stewart and David Tall, this article keeps to coach scholars how one can expand homes of normal numbers to extra normal quantity constructions, together with algebraic quantity fields and their earrings of algebraic integers. It additionally explains how simple notions from the speculation of algebraic numbers can be utilized to unravel difficulties in quantity concept.

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