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The Mathematical Career of Pierre De Fermat 1601-1665

Mahoney, Michael Sean

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ISBN 10: 0691081190 / ISBN 13: 9780691081199
Published by Princeton University Press, 1973
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: The Mathematical Career of Pierre De Fermat ...

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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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.

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Michael Sean Mahoney is Professor of History at Princeton University.

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