# Background

Pierre de Fermat was born in Beaumont-de-Lomagne, France on August 17, 1601. He was a lawyer by profession and only a part-time mathematician. He was born into a family of leather merchants. He lead a very secretive and isolated life, only corresponding with two mathematicians: Blaise Pascal and Marin Mersenne. Eventually, he married and had 5 children. However, not much is known about his life. (Wikipedia)

# Relevance to Mathematics

Fermat was most famous for developing his ‘Last Theorem’. This states that a number to the exponent n cannot be the sum of two other numbers to the same power. ”It is impossible, for a cube to be written as the sum of two cubes or a fourth power to be written as the sum of two fourth powers or, in general, for any number which is a power greater than the second to be written as the sum of two like powers.” (Birth of Fermat) This was one of the greatest problems in mathematics for many years. He is also seen as the father of number theory and founded the theory of probability with Blaise Pascal.

# Final Years

Fermat was odd in that he would not release his proofs for his mathematical problems. When he wrote his Last Theorem, it is not known if he proved it or not. His last theorem took more than 300 years to prove, when it was then proven by Andrew Wiles in 1995. It was then determined that his Wiles’ proof was incorrect, so it was revised and determined to be correct.( Fermat's last theorem)

# Equation

(1)Only when n<2

# Bibliography

Cavendish, Richard. "Birth of Pierre de Fermat: August 17th, 1601." History Today 51(2001) 23 Feb 2008 <http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/libweb/curriculumca/do/document?set=search&groupid=1&requestid=lib_canada&resultid=12&edition=&ts=DAF74D0E9D7E76723FD5860785E520F0_1203984197863&start=1&urn=urn%3Abigchalk%3AUS%3BBCLib%3Bdocument%3B46297853>.

"Pierre de Fermat." Wikipedia. 25 Feb 2008 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermat>.

"Fermat's last theorem." Wikipedia. 25 Feb 2008 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermat%27s_last_theorem>.

I thought this was a very interesting contribution to mathematics. Math isn't all about proving what is true and right. The only way to find out if something is right is to prove that its not wrong. I think that proving what is not right goes unnoticed way to much. There have been a countless number of discoveries in mathematics and the only mathematicians that get any credit are the ones that prove something is right. When in fact these mathematicians would never know what was right if they hadn't known what was wrong first. I think that people who prove something is incorrect should recieve just as much merit as the the ones that prove something to be correct.

On the other hand. A little bit more information on the math side of things but the person that you chose was a great choice.

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