Pierre Fermat

Pierre FermatIn existographies, Pierre Fermat (1607-1665) (IQ:175|#223) (Cattell 1000:893) [RGM:628|1,500+] (Murray 4000:5|M) (GME:14) (CR:8) was a French mathematician and lawyer, noted for []

Overview
In 1729, Leonhard Euler began to read Fermat’s work seriously following correspondence with German mathematician Christian Goldbach (1690-1764) on some of Fermat’s observations; which thus acted to launch the long drawn-out study of “reciprocity laws”, upward through the works of Adrien-Marie Legendre, Carl Gauss (1777-1855), Johann Dirichlet (1805-1859), Carl Jacobi (1804-1851), and Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948). [1]

Quotes | By
The following are quotes by Fermat:

“Perhaps, posterity will thank me for having shown that the ancients did not know everything.”
— Pierre Fermat (1659), “Letter to Pierre de Carcavi (an amateur mathematician) in 'Relation of New Discoveries in the Science of Numbers'” (Ѻ), Aug

“To divide a cube into two other cubes, a fourth power, or in general any power whatever into two powers of the same denomination above the second is impossible, and I have assuredly found an admirable proof of this, but the margin is too narrow to contain it.”
— Pierre Fermat (c.1660), theorem (Ѻ), beside the eighth proposition of the second book of Diophantus; Heinrich Olbers attempted to coax Carl Gauss in to solving this in 1816; it was finally solved by Andrew Wiles in 1994

References
1. Lemmermeyer, Franz. (2000). Reciprocity Laws: From Euler to Eisenstein. Springer.

External links
Pierre de Fermat – Wikipedia.

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