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# Fermat's last theorem

[ fer-mahz ]

/ fɛrˈmɑz /

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noun Mathematics.

the unproved theorem that the equation xn + yn = zn has no solution for x, y, z nonzero integers when n is greater than 2.

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## Origin of Fermat's last theorem

First recorded in 1860–65; named after P. de Fermat

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## British Dictionary definitions for Fermat's last theorem

Fermat's last theorem

/ (fɜːˈmæts) /

noun

(in number theory) the hypothesis that the equation x n + y n = z n has no integral solutions for n greater than two

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## Scientific definitions for Fermat's last theorem

Fermat's last theorem

[ fĕr-mäz′ ]

A theorem stating that the equation an + bn = cn has no solution if a, b, and c are positive integers and if n is an integer greater than 2. The theorem was first stated by the French mathematician Pierre de Fermat around 1630, but not proved until 1994.

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