Abstract or Introduction

The purpose of the following report is to demonstrate that with the mathematical tools of the 17th century, a proof to Fermat’s conjecture may have been possible. The whole procedure is based on planar geometry, which was perfectly known at the time. Moreover, the procedure does not exceed contemporary school mathematics.

Fermat´s last theorem has been a hot topic for mathematicians since it was originally published in Fermat’s "Arithmetica". Although Pierre de Fermat had claimed to have found an easy proof for his conjecture, he failed to disclose it. Over the past 350 years, mathematicians were unable to find this simple proof. So, over time, it was concluded that Fermat had made an error with his claim. Finally, in 1994 the British mathematician Andrew Wiles found a complex mathematical proof for Fermat’s conjecture.

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- Hans Georg Schrey (Author), 2023, A 17th Century Approach to Fermat's Last Theorem, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1396819

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