Google celebrates Pierre de Fermat’s birthday

Pierre de Fermat (17 August 1601 – 12 January 1665) was a French lawyer and an amateur mathematician, famous for scribling a note at the margin of his copy of Diophantus’ Arithmetica where he claimed he had a proof that was too large to fit in the margin: “Cuius rei demonstrationem mirabilem sane detexi. Hanc marginis exiguitas non caperet.” Later known as Fermat’s Last Theorem was first proved in 1995 by Andrew Wiles.

The Google shows a text when the mouse hovers the image: “I have discovered a truly marvelous proof of this theorem, which this doodle is too small to contain.”


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