Pierre de Fermat

Mathematician, Academic

1601 – 1665

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Who was Pierre de Fermat?

Pierre de Fermat was a French lawyer at the Parlement of Toulouse, France, and an amateur mathematician who is given credit for early developments that led to infinitesimal calculus, including his technique of adequality. In particular, he is recognized for his discovery of an original method of finding the greatest and the smallest ordinates of curved lines, which is analogous to that of the differential calculus, then unknown, and his research into number theory. He made notable contributions to analytic geometry, probability, and optics. He is best known for Fermat's Last Theorem, which he described in a note at the margin of a copy of Diophantus' Arithmetica.

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Born
Aug 17, 1601
Beaumont-de-Lomagne
Parents
Spouses
Religion
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • France
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Orléans
    (1623 - 1626)
Lived in
  • France
  • Toulouse
Died
Jan 12, 1665
Castres

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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