The History Of Microsoft Windows

This made me chuckle:

Windows: A thirty-two bit extension and graphical shell to a sixteen bit patch to an eight bit operating system originally coded for a four bit microprocessor which was written by a two-bit company that can’t stand one bit of competition…

(via a commenter on CBC)

Fermat’s Last Theorem – The Movie And Book

Pierre de Fermat wrote:

I have a truly marvelous proof of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.

His proof of the theorem was never found, so it became know as Fermat’s Last Theorem, which is:

If an integer n is greater than 2, then the equation an + bn = cn has no solutions in non-zero integers a, b, and c.

Simon Singh directed a documentary about the subject:

Simon Singh then wrote an excellent book about it, too, called Fermat’s Enigma. Singh is a superb science author who has also written The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography and Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe. I highly recommend anything he’s written: they’re easy reads for the laymen packed full of anecdotes, history, and explanations.

Fermat’s Last Theorem was proven in the 1990s and it ain’t straight-forward. Here’s the original paper (PDF) proving it: The Proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem by R. Taylor and A.Wiles.