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Pierre de Fermat
|Born||Between 31 October - 6 December 1607
12 January 1665
|Education||University of Orléans (LL.B., 1626)|
|Known for||Contributions to number theory, analytic geometry, probability theory
Folium of Descartes
Fermat's little theorem
Fermat's Last Theorem
Fermat's "difference quotient" method
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|Fields||Mathematics and law|
|Influences||François Viète, Gerolamo Cardano, Diophantus|
His method of finding the biggest and smallest ordinates of curved lines also makes him a contributor to differential calculus, which was not known at that time. His studies in the theory of numbers give him the rank of the founder of the modern theory. He also made notable contributions to analytic geometry and probability.
He is also famous for making a simple mathematical statement (known as Fermat's Last Theorem) that he said he could prove, but he never wrote down his proof. Mathematicians tried to prove it for hundreds of years before finally managing it. Fermat probably did not really have a proof for this theorem, and only thought he did.
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Place of burial of Pierre de Fermat in Place Jean Jaurés, Castres. Translation of the plaque: in this place was buried on January 13, 1665, Pierre de Fermat, councillor at the Chambre de l'Édit (a court established by the Edict of Nantes) and mathematician of great renown, celebrated for his theorem, an + bn ≠ cn for n>2
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