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Carissa Niro
Topics in Contemporary Math
September 24, 2007
Fermat article
This article lays out all of the specifics of Fermat’s last theorem as well as detailing
many important aspects of Fermat’s life, leading him to his theorem. Pierre de Fermat,
one of the most famous number theorists who ever lived, was really a lawyer during his
life. He only dabbled in mathematics. Publishing only one mathematical paper in his life,
his theorem states that the area of a right triangle cannot be a square. In other words,
according to Wikipedia.com, Fermat’s Last Theorem states that “it is impossible to
separate any power higher than the second into two like powers.” In his mathematical
paper, Fermat states: “I have discovered a truly remarkable proof which this margin is too
small to contain”. The original proof was never found, and it took hundreds of years and
several mathematicians later to discover this proof through their own work. Finally, the
answer was discovered by Andrew Wiles, who filled in all the holes and solidified the
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