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The Early History of Fermat’s Last Theorem

  • Paulo Ribenboim

Abstract

Pierre de Fermat (1601–1665) was a French judge who lived in Toulouse. He was a universal spirit, cultivating poetry, Greek philology, law but mainly mathematics. His special interest concerned the solutions of equations in integers.

Keywords

Early History Unique Factorization Principal Ideal Bernoulli Number Golden Medal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paulo Ribenboim
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsJeffery Hall Queen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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