Pierre de Fermat

1601 - 1665

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Pierre de Fermat was a French lawyer and government official most remembered for his work in number theory; in particular for Fermat's Last Theorem. He is also important in the foundations of the calculus.
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List of References (48 books/articles)

Some Quotations (3)

A Poster of Pierre Fermat

Mathematicians born in the same country

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Obituary: Journal des Sçavans obituary

Honours awarded to Pierre Fermat
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Lunar featuresCrater Fermat
Paris street namesPassage Fermat and Rue Fermat (14th Arrondissement)
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Other Web sites
  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. Astroseti (A Spanish translation of this biography)
  3. J Ross (translations of some works and letters)
  4. NNDB
  5. The Galileo Project
  1. Rouse Ball
  2. H Kohler
  3. K Brown (Fermat primes)
  4. K Brown (The method of descent)

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