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Fermat, Pierre de 

A Dictionary of Scientists
 Market House Books Market House Books

(1601–1665) French mathematician and physicistFermat was one of the leading mathematicians of the early 17th century although not a professional mathematician. Born at Beaumont-de-Lomagne in France, he studied law and spent his working life as a magistrate in the provincial town of Castres. Although mathematics was only a spare-time activity, Fermat was an extremely creative and original mathematician who opened up whole new fields of enquiry.... ...

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