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Fermat, Pierre de

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in A Dictionary of Scientists

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780192800862
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191726835
Fermat, Pierre de

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(1601–1665) French mathematician and physicist

Fermat was one of the leading mathematicians of the early 17th century although not a professional mathematician. Born at Beaumont-de-Lomagne in France, he studied law and spent his working life as a magistrate in the provincial town of Castres. Although mathematics was only a spare-time activity, Fermat was an extremely creative and original mathematician who opened up whole new fields of enquiry....

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