Pierre de Fermat

b. 17 August 1601 d. 12 January 1665
  • E. Seneta


Arguably the greatest French mathematician of the 17th century, Fermat was instrumental in giving impetus, together with Pascal, to the theory of probability.


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  1. David, F.N. (1962). Games, Gods and Gambling. Griffin, London. [Contains the letters between Fermat, Pascal and Carcavi, in English translation by M. Merrington.]zbMATHGoogle Scholar
  2. Tannery, P. and Henry, C. (eds.) (1891–1922). Oeuvres de Fermat Gauthier-Villars, Paris, 5 vols.zbMATHGoogle Scholar
  3. Todhunter, I. (1865). A History of the Mathematical Theory of Probability from the Time of Pascal to that of Laplace. Reprinted in 1949 and 1961 by Chelsea, New York.Google Scholar

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