Fermat's last theorem
noun Etymology: Pierre de Fermat Date: 1847 a theorem in number theory: the equation xⁿ + yⁿ = zⁿ has no solutions when x, y, z, and n are all positive integers and n is greater than 2

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  • Fermat's Enigma — is a book which explains Fermat s last theorem, beginning with Pythagoras up until its proof by Andrew Wiles, written by Simon Singh and published in 1998 …   Wikipedia

  • Fermat's theorem — The works of 17th century mathematician Pierre de Fermat engendered many theorems. Fermat s theorem most commonly refers to one of the following theorems: * Fermat s Last Theorem * Fermat s little theorem * Fermat s theorem on sums of two squares …   Wikipedia

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