Great mathematician_ Pierre de Fermat

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The French mathematician Pierre de Fermat (1601-1665) was possibly the most productive mathematician of his era, making many contributions, some of which were to calculus, number theory, and the law of refraction. While relatively little is known of Fermat's early education, it is known that he was of Basque origin and received his primary and secondary education at the monastery of Grandsl ve, run by the Cordeliers (Franciscans), in Beaumont-de-Lomagne.

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Math-140Activity 3.2 Discussion: Pierre de FermatGreat mathematician: Pierre de FermatThe French mathematician Pierre de Fermat (1601-1665) was possibly the mostproductive mathematician of his era, making many contributions, some of which were tocalculus, number theory, and the law of refraction. While relatively little is known of Fermat'searly education, it is known that he was of Basque origin and received his primary and secondaryeducation at the monastery of Grandsl ve, run by the Cordeliers (Franciscans), inBeaumont-de-Lomagne. For his advanced studies he first attended the University of Toulousebefore moving to Bordeaux in the second half of the 1620's. In Bordeaux (1629) Fermat beganhis first serious mathematical researches, where he gave a copy of his restoration of Appollonius'sPlane Loci to one of the mathematicians there. In Bordeaux he contacted Beaugrand an

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