The Mathematical Career of Pierre de Fermat, 1601-1665 (Second Edition)

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Hailed as one of the greatest mathematical results of the twentieth century, the recent proof of Fermat's Last Theorem by Andrew Wiles brought to public attention the enigmatic problem-solver Pierre de Fermat, who centuries ago stated his famous conjecture in a margin of a book, writing that he did not have enough room to show his "truly marvelous demonstration." Along with formulating this proposition--xn+yn=zn has no rational solution for "n" > 2--Fermat, an inventor of analytic geometry, also laid the foundations of ...

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