The Last Theorem

The Last Theorem

eBook - 2008
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When Ranjit Subramanian, a Sri Lankan with a special gift for mathematics, writes a three-page proof of Pierre de Fermat's last theorem, 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. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to anyone on Earth, an alien fleet is approaching the planet at a significant percentage of the speed of light. Their mission: to exterminate the dangerous species of primates known as homo sapiens.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books/DelRey, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780345509680
0345509684
Characteristics: 317 p
Additional Contributors: Pohl, Frederik
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sampanman
Jul 03, 2018

Very disappointing - I expected so much more from these authors.

I realize that Clark lives in Sri Lanka, but credibility is stretched in making it - in essence - the center of the world.

Just the thought of the "Pax per Fidem" subjugating whole countries on the whim of the United Nations is horrifying, as well as the usual "Homo Sapiens Bad" - "All the rest of rest of possible life-forms Good" and SO much better & more advanced. Just silly. It's taken us about 5 Billion years to get where we are - we just might be the most advanced civilization - or not, but not of necessity the dregs of the universe as these authors and so many postulate.

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rjaiganesh
Apr 16, 2015

The book does not look like it was written by Clarke at all. Of all the books that I have read written by him, this got the lowest rating.

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thomd
Jun 18, 2013

It is more apparent that this book has two authors than other collaborations I have read. I enjoyed the story of the Sri Lankan mathematician, and probably tolerated more math language than others would have. The back story of galactic aliens was interesting, but might have fit better in a few large chunks instead of being spread throughout. It was hard not to envision the small aliens as coming from Douglas Adams. Overall a decent collaboration and story. (Jun 9-18)

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