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## Fermat, Pierre de (1607–65) Quick reference

### The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics (6 ed.)

...Fermat, Pierre de ( 1607–65 ) A leading mathematician of the 17th century. In number theory he proved Fermat’s Little Theorem and Fermat’s Two Squares Theorem and famously conjectured Fermat’s Last Theorem . He independently introduced Cartesian coordinates , and his work on tangents was an acknowledged inspiration to Newton in the development of calculus . In a correspondence of 1654 with Pascal , they laid down the foundations of probability . Professionally he was a lawyer in Toulouse, and so he was considered the ‘Prince of...

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..., Pierre de ( 1601–65 ) French mathematician . With Pascal , Fermat formulated the theory of probability and, by showing that light travels along the shortest path ( Fermat's principle ), founded the science of geometric optics. In mathematics, he is known for his development of modern number theory and for the contribution some of his ideas made to the development of differential calculus...

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### A Dictionary of Statistics (3 ed.)

..., Pierre de ( 1601–65 ; b. Beaumont-de-Lomagne, France ; d. Castres, France ) French mathematician . He is particularly famous for his ‘last theorem’, which he discovered in about 1637 , and of which he claimed he had a ‘marvellous demonstration’. He died without revealing his proof and it was not until 1994 that the English mathematician Andrew Wiles gave a full proof. The son of a wealthy leather merchant, Fermat was educated at a Franciscan monastery and studied law at U Toulouse. He became a judge, but he had a passion for mathematics and...

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### A Dictionary of Scientists

..., Pierre de (1601–1665) French mathematician and physicist Fermat 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. Fermat's work in algebra built on and greatly developed the then new theory of equations, which had...

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### Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

...0Pierre0de Pierre de Fermat 1601 – 65 French mathematician Cuius rei demonstrationem mirabilem sane detexi hanc marginis exiguitas non caperet. I have a truly marvellous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain. of ‘Fermat's last theorem’, written in the margin of his copy of Diophantus' Arithmetica , and subsequently published by his son in 1670 in an edition of the book containing Fermat's annotations Simon Singh Fermat's Last Theorem (1997) marvellous demonstration margin too narrow Fermat 's last...

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### Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

...0Pierrede Pierre de Fermat 1601 – 65 French mathematician I have a truly marvellous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain. of ‘Fermat's last theorem’, written in the margin of his copy of Diophantus' Arithmetica , and subsequently published by his son in 1670 in an edition of the book containing Fermat's annotations Simon Singh Fermat's Last Theorem (1997) margin is too...

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### The New Oxford Dictionary for Scientific Writers and Editors (2 ed.)

... Fermat, Pierre Usually alphabetized as *Fermat...

## Fermat, Pierre de (1601–65) Reference library

### The New Oxford Dictionary for Scientific Writers and Editors (2 ed.)

..., Pierre de ( 1601–65 ) French mathematician and physicist . Fermat numbers Fermat's last theorem Fermat's...