Pierre de Fermat
Pierre de FermatAugust 20, 1601 - January 12, 1655
Pierre de Fermat (French: [pjɛːʁ dəfɛʁma]; 17 August 1601 or 1607 – 12 January 1665) was a French lawyer at the Parlement of Toulouse, France, and a mathematician who is given credit for early developments that led to infinitesimal calculus, including his technique of adequality. In particular, he is recognized for his discovery of an original method of finding the greatest and the smallest ordinates of curved lines, which is analogous to that of the differential calculus, then unknown, and his research into number theory. He made notable contributions to analytic geometry,...

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