A portrait of Fermat
A portrait of Fermat

About Pierre de Fermat

Pierre de Fermat was a French Lawyer and Mathematician who is best known for his conjuncture of Fermat's Last Theorem.

full name | Pierre de Fermat
date of birth | Friday, August 17, 1601 (409 years ago)
place of birth | Beaumont-de-Lomagne, Midi-Pyrenees, France
date of death | Monday, January 12, 1665 (age: 63 years) (345 years ago as of 2010)

About Fermat's Last Theorem

Fermat's Last Theorem says that:
No three positive integers a, b, and c can satisfy the equation CodeCogsEqn.gif for any integer value of n greater than two.

formulation date | 1637 (373 years ago as of 2010)
formulator | Pierre de Fermat
status | proved
proof date | 1995 (358 years later) (15 years ago as of 2010)
prover | Andrew Wiles
additional people involved | Richard Taylor

Other information

  • He left a note in meca, an ancient reek text on Mathematics, laim that his proof for the-was too large to fit in the -margin; this uncertainty of whether there was actually a proof or not has spurred on many mathematicians for many years to find the proof, until this was done so by Andrew Wiles in 1995
  • Also one of the most well known theorems, Fermat's Last Theorem is so difficult that is has even been added into the Guinness Book of World Records for 'most difficult math problem'.
  • Here is a video that tells you all about its discovery, history and the proof.

Edits by Aakash Masani and Daniel Owen, both 8J

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