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Titre du document / Document title

How old did Fermat become? = A quel âge mourut Fermat ?

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

BARNER Klaus (1) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Fachbereich Mathematik / Informatik, Universität Kassel, 34109 Kassel, ALLEMAGNE

Résumé / Abstract

Almost all accounts of Pierre de Fermat's life report that he was born towards August 20, 1601. Therefore his 400th birthday will be celebrated in 2001. In this paper, however, we give evidence that Fermat was most probably born in 1607. Our conclusion is based on two documents, one recently discovered and the other rediscovered, in the archives of Montauban and Beaumont-de-Lomagne. They show that Pierre de Fermat's father Dominique was married twice and that the child Pierre, who was baptized on August 20, 1601, is the son of his first wife Françoise Cazeneuve, whereas Pierre de Fermat's mother is Claire de Long, Dominique's second wife. The true year of birth [1607/(08)] is hinted by the last line of the epitaph, which was originally above Fermat's tomb, according to which he died on January 12, 1665, at the age of 57 years.

Revue / Journal Title

NTM    ISSN  0036-6978 

Source / Source

2001, vol. 9, no4, pp. 209-228 (43 ref.)

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

Springer, Heidelberg, ALLEMAGNE  (1960) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Archives

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Mathematics

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Death

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Century 17

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Biography

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Fermat (P.)

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Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Archives

;

Mathématiques

;

Mort

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Siècle 17

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Biographie

;

Fermat (P.)

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Mots-clés espagnols / Spanish Keywords

Archivos

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Matemáticas

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Muerte

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Siglo 17

;

BiografÍa

;

Fermat (P.)

;

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 24289, 35400009931644.0010

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 14213014



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