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Fermats Last Theorem Pierre de Fermat was one of the most famous number theorists in history but he was not a mathematician He was a lawyer who served at the highest level of the criminal court in Toulouse Mahoney 3 Yet this amateur came up with an equation that stumped mathematicians for over 350 years after he scribbled it down as a note He stated that the equation has no non-zero integer solutions for x y and z when n 2 As simple as this concept seems it is far from easy to prove It took several of the best minds to slowly put the pieces of the proof together Before he came up with this theorem Fermat attended The University of Toulouse It wasnt until he moved to Bordeau in the late 1920s that he began his first serious research into mathematics This was in 1629 when he did a restoration of Apolloniuss Plane loci and produced important works on maxima and minima Fermat then went to Orleans where he earned a degree in civil law OConnor 1 It was in 1631 when Fermat was a lawyer and a government official that he was entitled to change his name to Pierre de Fermat rather than just Pierre Fermat By this time he had moved back to his home town of Toulouse this time to stay through he did do some work in neighboring cities OConnor 1 He climbed all the way to the top in 1652 when he was promoted to the highest level of the criminal court The next year though he came down Hall 2 with the plague and was wrongfully reported as being dead but the matter was soon corrected OConnor 2 Among Fermats earlier works were his Method for determining Maxima and Minima and Tangents to Curved lines and an algebraic approach to Geometry that he called Introduction to Plane and Solid Loci
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