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Herbert Kasube

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Fermat's Last Theorem
Posted: Jul 10, 1998 10:07 AM
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Concerning the origin of the name, Jim Propp asked if there were any
sources prior to the 1990's. In Harold Edwards' book FERMAT'S LAST
THEOREM: A GENETIC INTRODUCTION TO ALGEBRAIC NUMBER THEORY (Springer,
1977) he says (page 2)

"The origin of the name 'Fermat's Last theorem' is obscure....
Very possibly the name stems from the fact that of the many
unproved theorems that Fermat stated, this is the last one
that remains unproved."

Herb Kasube
Department of Mathematics
Bradley University
Peoria, IL 61625
hkasube@bradley.bradley.edu





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