Pierre de Fermat

Dates of Life

August 17,1601- January 12, 1665

Country of Origin

Pierre de Fermat is from France and was born in the city of Beaumont-de-Lomagne, France and died in the city of Castres, France.

Major Contributions to Mathematics

Pierre de Fermat's major contributions to mathematics was in the field of number theory, probability theory, analytic geometry and the early development of infinitesimal calculus. C. G. Bachet's translations of Diophantus of Alexandria inspired his interest in the Theory of Numbers. He brought to the minds of many people that there is no solution in integers of the equation xn+yn+zn.


¨But it is impossible to divide a cube into two cubes, or a fourth powers, or generally any power beyond the square into like powers; of this I have found a remarkable demonstration. This margin is too narrow to contain it.¨ ~ Pierre de Fermat