from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Fermat, Pierre de 1601-1665. French mathematician who developed number theory and probability theory.

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  • n. French mathematician who founded number theory; contributed (with Pascal) to the theory of probability (1601-1665)


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  • Well, I hate to engage in Fermat-rebuttal, but I had thought rereading the argument would clarify that the point of disagreement wasn’t centrally what John had read it as being.

    Weeding Out the Unfit Arguments

  • To paraphrase Fermat: "I have a truly marvelous proof of this proposition which this comment is too narrow to contain."

    The Speculist: Is This Right?

  • His equation xn + yn = zn is called Fermat's Last Theorem and remained unproven for many years.

    Public marks

  • Problem Fermat's puzzle, known as Fermat's Last Theorem, elegantly and seems-to-be-simple ...

  • Simon said ... for simon singh (no relation to me), you should get 'Fermat's last theroem', 'cracking the code book' and 'the big bang'

    Books to Order

  • While Fermat sang, ‘Save the Last Theorem for me.’

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  • A good relationship asks a lot from us but it doesn't insist that we sequence the human genome or solve Fermat's last theorem.

    JD Roberto: It's (Not) Complicated

  • Yet a theorem about prime numbers proved by the 17th-century Frenchman Pierre de Fermat not his famous "Last Theorem", which he did not actually prove, seemingly having no connection to the everyday world, ultimately led to the encryption techniques that safeguard your password when you log on to your bank or make a purchase at an online bookstore.

    The Numbers Game

  • During the years when he struggled to prove Fermat's Last Theorem, the mathematician Andrew Wiles may well have felt moments of pain, but the reason would have been his frustration at bumping up against the boundary of what he knew, not the twinge of seeing beyond it.

    In Pursuit Of the Sublime

  • Or scores of mathematicians, over centuries, glimpsing but failing to find the proof for Fermat's Last Theorem.

    In Pursuit Of the Sublime


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