Kennesaw- Who says that Liberal Arts is dead? One day in 1637, a lawyer and amateur mathematician named Pierre de Fermat scribbled a curious note in his journal: “The equation xn+ yn = zn, where x, y, and z are positive integers, has no solution if n is greater than 2… I have discovered a most remarkable proof, but this margin is too narrow to contain it.”
In his spare time, Fermat studied languages, classical literature and natural science. He also discovered the fundamental principle of analytic geometry. His methods for finding tangents to curves and their maximum and minimum points led him to be regarded as the inventor of the differential calculus. Through his correspondence with Blaise Pascal he was a co-founder of the theory of probability.
It took mankind over 350 years to prove Fermat’s last theorem.
Spend time today encouraging excellence with someone you come in contact. You may be encouraging the next Pierre de Fermat of our generation.
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