Pierre de Fermat


Pierre de Fermat never set out to be a famed mathematician; he simply loved the challenges of mathematics. Instead he committed himself to a modest government job in a small French town.
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Pierre de Fermat never set out to be a famed mathematician; he simply loved the challenges of mathematics. Instead he committed himself to a modest government job in a small French town.
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Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Born in Toulouse, France, in 1601, Pierre as a young man visits Bordeaux, meets other mathematicians, and becomes interested in the work in the mathematics of Francois Viete. Fermat returns to Toulouse, begins a career in Parliament, and gets married. Some friends from Bordeaux move to Paris and make Fermat's work known in mathematical circles there. Through correspondence with Marin Mersenne in Paris, Fermat gets into a dispute with Descarte. When Fermat writes other mathematicians, he asks a mathematical question, sends the answer, and challenges them to work out the method. He does not always share his method of solving the problem. This frustrates and angers many. In 1994, "Andrew Wiles finally proved Fermat's infamous Last Theorem correct." The theorem is "one piece of a vast body of work created by one of the most intuitive thinkers in the history of numbers." Fermat's interest in pure numbers was a diversion for him, like some today work Sudokos. Sidebars give diagrams and formulas. This is one of the "Profiles in Mathematics" series. A time line, source notes, bibliography, websites, glossary, and an index are included. The "Introduction" asks whether mathematics is discovered or invented. Youth interested in pure numbers will enjoy this journey into the world of mathematics. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599350615
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Profiles in Mathematics Ser.
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 10

Chapter 1 Early Years 13

Chapter 2 Meeting the Master 22

Chapter 3 Introduction to the Paris Circle 34

Chapter 4 A Stream From the South 46

Chapter 5 A Comedy of Errors 55

Chapter 6 The Lure of Pure Numbers 67

Chapter 7 The Shape of Numbers 79

Chapter 8 Last Theorem 94

Chapter 9 The World Turns Away 106

Chapter 10 Fermat's Last Days 122

Timeline 132

Sources 134

Bibliography 137

Web sites 139

Glossary 140

Index 143

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