# Fermat

[fer-ma; English fer-mah] /fɛrˈma; English fɛrˈmɑ/
noun
1.
Pierre de
[pyer duh] /pyɛr də/ (Show IPA),
1601–65, French mathematician.
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• He was a friend of Mydorge and Descartes, but an opponent of Fermat.

Augustus De Morgan
• From the time when Pascal and Fermat established its first principles, it has rendered most important daily services.

Charles Dudley Warner
• Several other discoveries, both in pure algebra and geometry, illustrate the name of Fermat.

• Fermat's works should be consulted in connection with the early history of this theorem.

Augustus De Morgan
• For the explanation of Fermat one may produce a still stronger testimony, with which he seems not to have been acquainted.

• His genius in the theory of numbers was probably never excelled except by Fermat.

Augustus De Morgan
• The hypothesis he brought forward seemed not very probable to Fermat, nor would it be permitted at present.

• For purely geometrical questions the only general method available is practically that employed by Fermat.

• It was issued as a challenge by Fermat to the English mathematicians of his day.

Henry Ernest Dudeney
• We should say, Fermat went to such a page, Archimedes went a few pages further.

John Morley
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## Fermat

/fɜːˈmæt; French fɛrma/
noun
1.
Pierre de (pjɛr də). 1601–65, French mathematician, regarded as the founder of the modern theory of numbers. He studied the properties of whole numbers and, with Pascal, investigated the theory of probability
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Fermat in Science
 Fermat   (fěr-mä')    French mathematician who is best known for his work on probability and on the properties of numbers. He formulated Fermat's last theorem, which remained unsolved for over three hundred years.
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