Pierre de Fermat

**Pierre de Fermat** was a 17th-century French mathematician known for:

- adequality? (now a feature of nonstandard analysis),
- infinite descent (a method of proof by induction),
- the least time principle? (a forerunner of the least action principle),
- Fermat's little theorem and Fermat's last theorem concerning rational points of Fermat curve (in number theory, now related to arithmetic algebraic geometry),
- the first rigorous probability calculations,
- etc.

See also *Fermat theory*

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