# Fermat

Pierre de [pyerduh], /pyɛr də/, 1601–65, French mathematician.

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## How to use Fermat in a sentence

He’d recently garnered fame for his 1994 proof of

*Fermat*’s Last Theorem, but Caraiani had less luck with her assigned problem.The Mathematician Who Delights in Building Bridges | Steve Nadis | November 17, 2021 | Quanta MagazineThe most prominent result to date is Andrew Wiles’ famed 1994 proof of

*Fermat*’s Last Theorem, a question about which equations have solutions that are whole numbers.Mathematicians Set Numbers in Motion to Unlock Their Secrets | Kelsey Houston-Edwards | February 22, 2021 | Quanta MagazineThe proof of

*Fermat*’s Last Theorem nearly three decades ago was lauded by math journals and newspapers around the world.Representation theory — and modular representations in particular — played an important role in Andrew Wiles’ landmark 1994 proof of

*Fermat*’s Last Theorem.The ‘Useless’ Perspective That Transformed Mathematics | Kevin Hartnett | June 9, 2020 | Quanta MagazineWe should say,

*Fermat*went to such a page, Archimedes went a few pages further.Diderot and the Encyclopdists | John Morley

His communication to Descartes was not published in full until after his death (

*Fermat*, Opera varia, 1679).The same disregard of dates is shown in the hasty remarks on

*Fermat*by Playfair.History of Civilization in England, Vol. 2 of 3 | Henry Thomas BuckleSimson, the celebrated restorer of Greek geometry, said that

*Fermat*was the only modern who understood porisms.History of Civilization in England, Vol. 2 of 3 | Henry Thomas BuckleSeveral other discoveries, both in pure algebra and geometry, illustrate the name of

*Fermat*.

## British Dictionary definitions for Fermat

/ (fɜːˈmæt, French fɛrma) /

Pierre de (pjɛr də). 1601–65, French mathematician, regarded as the founder of the modern theory of numbers. He studied the properties of whole numbers and, with Pascal, investigated the theory of probability

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## Scientific definitions for Fermat

[ fĕr-mä′ ]

French mathematician who is best known for his work on probability and on the properties of numbers. He formulated Fermat's last theorem, which remained unsolved for over three hundred years.

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