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The Mathematical Career of Pierre de Fermat, 1601-1665 Second Edition / Michael Sean Mahoney.
Mahoney, Michael S. (Michael Sean)
Princeton, N.J : Princeton University Press, 1994.
1 online resource (xx, 432 pages) : illustrations
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 differential and integral calculus, established, together with Pascal, the conceptual guidelines of the theory of probability, and created modern number theory. In one of the first full-length investigations of Fermat's life and work, Michael Sean Mahoney provides rare insight into the mathematical genius of a hobbyist who never sought to publish his work, yet who ranked with his contemporaries Pascal and Descartes in shaping the course of modern mathematics.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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CHAPTER I. The Personal Touch
CHAPTER II. Nullum Non Problema Solvere: Viete's Analytic Program And Its Influence On Fermat
CHAPTER III. The Royal Road
CHAPTER IV. Fashioning One's Own Luck
CHAPTER V. Archimedes and the Theory of Equations
CHAPTER VI. Between Traditions
EPILOGUE: Fermat in Retrospect
APPENDIX I: Sidelights on a Mathematical Career
APPENDIX II: Bibliographical Essay and Chronological Conspectus of Fermat's Works
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The mathematical career of Pierre de Fermat (1601-1665).
The mathematical career of Pierre de Fermat, 1601-1665 / Michael Sean Mahoney.