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The Last Theorem

Arthur C. Clarke

Two of science fiction's most renowned writers join forces for a storytelling sensation. The historic collaboration between Frederik Pohl and his fellow founding father of the genre, Arthur C. Clarke, is both a momentous literary event and a fittingly grand farewell from the late, great visionary author of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Last Theorem is a story of one man's mathematical obsession, and a celebration of the human spirit and the scientific method. It is also a gripping intellectual thriller in which humanity, facing extermination from all-but-omnipotent aliens, the Grand Galactics, must overcome differences of politics and religion and come together . . . or perish. In 1637, the French mathematician Pierre de Fermat scrawled a note in the margin of a book about an enigmatic theorem: "I have discovered a truly marvelous proof of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain." He also neglected to record his proof elsewhere. Thus began a search for the Holy Grail of mathematics-a search that didn't end until 1994, when Andrew Wiles published a 150-page proof. But the proof was burdensome, overlong, and utilized mathematical techniques undreamed of in Fermat's time, and so it left many critics unsatisfied-including young Ranjit Subramanian, a Sri Lankan with a special gift for mathematics and a passion for the famous "Last Theorem." When Ranjit writes a three-page proof of the theorem that relies exclusively on knowledge available to Fermat, his achievement is hailed as a work of genius, bringing him fame and fortune. But it also brings him to the attention of the National Security Agency and a shadowy United Nations outfit called Pax per Fidem, or Peace Through Transparency, whose secretive workings belie its name. Suddenly Ranjit-together with his wife, Myra de Soyza, an expert in artificial intelligence, and their burgeoning family-finds himself swept up in world-shaking events, his genius for abstract mathematical thought put to uses that are both concrete and potentially deadly. Meanw

Two of science fiction's most renowned writers join forces for a storytelling sensation. The historic collaboration between Frederik Pohl and his fellow founding father of the genre, Arthur C. Clarke, is both a momentous literary event and a fittingly grand farewell from the late, great visionary author of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Last Theorem is a story of one man's mathematical obsession, and a celebration of the human spirit and the scientific method. It is also a gripping intellectual thriller in which humanity, facing extermination from all-but-omnipotent aliens, the Grand Galactics, must overcome differences of politics and religion and come together . . . or perish. In 1637, the French mathematician Pierre de Fermat scrawled a note in the margin of a book about an enigmatic theorem: "I have discovered a truly marvelous proof of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain." He also neglected to record his proof elsewhere. Thus began a search for the Holy Grail of mathematics-a search that didn't end until 1994, when Andrew Wiles published a 150-page proof. But the proof was burdensome, overlong, and utilized mathematical techniques undreamed of in Fermat's time, and so it left many critics unsatisfied-including young Ranjit Subramanian, a Sri Lankan with a special gift for mathematics and a passion for the famous "Last Theorem." When Ranjit writes a three-page proof of the theorem that relies exclusively on knowledge available to Fermat, his achievement is hailed as a work of genius, bringing him fame and fortune. But it also brings him to the attention of the National Security Agency and a shadowy United Nations outfit called Pax per Fidem, or Peace Through Transparency, whose secretive workings belie its name. Suddenly Ranjit-together with his wife, Myra de Soyza, an expert in artificial intelligence, and their burgeoning family-finds himself swept up in world-shaking events, his genius for abstract mathematical thought put to uses that are both concrete and potentially deadly. Meanw
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Two of science fiction's most renowned writers join forces for a storytelling sensation. The historic collaboration between Frederik Pohl and his fellow founding father of the genre, Arthur C. Clarke, is both a momentous literary event and a fittingly grand farewell from the late, great visionary author of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Last Theorem is a story of one man's mathematical obsession, and a celebration of the human spirit and the scientific method. It is also a gripping intellectual thriller in which humanity, facing extermination from all-but-omnipotent aliens, the Grand Galactics, must overcome differences of politics and religion and come together . . . or perish. In 1637, the French mathematician Pierre de Fermat scrawled a note in the margin of a book about an enigmatic theorem: "I have discovered a truly marvelous proof of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain." He also neglected to record his proof elsewhere. Thus began a search for the Holy Grail of mathematics-a search that didn't end until 1994, when Andrew Wiles published a 150-page proof. But the proof was burdensome, overlong, and utilized mathematical techniques undreamed of in Fermat's time, and so it left many critics unsatisfied-including young Ranjit Subramanian, a Sri Lankan with a special gift for mathematics and a passion for the famous "Last Theorem." When Ranjit writes a three-page proof of the theorem that relies exclusively on knowledge available to Fermat, his achievement is hailed as a work of genius, bringing him fame and fortune. But it also brings him to the attention of the National Security Agency and a shadowy United Nations outfit called Pax per Fidem, or Peace Through Transparency, whose secretive workings belie its name. Suddenly Ranjit-together with his wife, Myra de Soyza, an expert in artificial intelligence, and their burgeoning family-finds himself swept up in world-shaking events, his genius for abstract mathematical thought put to uses that are both concrete and potentially deadly. Meanw

Language:

English

Narrators:

Frederick Pohl, Mark Bramhall

Length:

12h 38m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:39


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:40


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:04


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:07


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:59


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:31


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:30


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:19


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:31


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:00


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:25


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:55


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:03


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:53


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:13


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:42


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:35


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:51


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:28


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:00


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:25


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:43


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:58


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:12


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:19


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:41


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:14


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:30


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:57


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:57


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:41


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:18


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:36


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:02


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:51


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:58


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:22


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:39


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:20


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:40


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:17


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:18


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:39


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:06


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:41


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:37


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:03


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:00


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:17


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:00


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:56


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:42


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:54


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:06


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:21


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:24


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:50


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:28


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:44


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:04


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:08


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:12


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:35


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:52


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:57


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:41


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:05


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:07


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:41


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:50


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:37


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:04


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:18


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:07


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:07


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

02:50


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:53


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:19


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:16


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:34


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:49


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:39


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:22


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:36


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:47


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:47


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:19


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:53


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:15


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:07


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:25


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:44


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:23


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:17


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:26


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:00


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:54


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:27


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:20


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:04


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:25


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:03


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:15


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:39


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:04


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:11


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:48


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:30


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

02:57


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

02:56


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:01


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:45


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:57


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:55


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:58


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:53


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:00


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:10


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:56


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:17


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

03:39


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:08


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

03:21


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:22


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:38


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:08


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

03:14


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:41


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:23


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:09


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:12


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

03:35


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

03:20


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:51


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

02:59


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:43


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:23


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:03


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

03:27


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:03


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

04:58


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

04:58


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:06


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

03:58


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

03:18


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

02:58


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

02:27


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

03:26


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

04:09


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

00:33


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

00:33