Google Doodle Hails Pierre de Fermat & His Theorum: Plus Video

Here at OSM we like to tell you the background behind all the Google Doodle’s and recent examples have included an interactive mobile for Alexander Calder’s birthday and another marking botanist Gregor Mendel. Today eagle-eyed observers will have noticed a new Google Doodle and this time it’s paying tribute to Pierre de Fermat, renowned French lawyer and mathematician, on what would have been his 410th birthday.

De Fermat is particularly known for a mathematical theorem, often referred to as Fermat’s Last Theorum or sometimes Fermat’s Great Theorum. He was born on August 17, 1601 and was a leading mathematician of his day and died on January 12, 1665 in France, aged 63. The Google Doodle today cleverly weaves de Fermat’s last theorem into the Google logo, set on a blackboard.

The theorem, according to IBTimes was “no three positive integers x, y, and z can satisfy the equation xn + yn = zn where n is an integer greater than two.” De Fermat’s famous quote about this is “I have discovered a truly remarkable proof but this margin is too small to contain it,” which he wrote on his copy of Arithmetica by Diophantus of Alexandria. If you look at the Google Doodle today and hover your mouse over it you will see a clever spin-off of de Fermat’s quote as it reads, “I have discovered a truly marvelous proof of this theorem, which this doodle is too small to contain.”

De Fermat was referred to in his time as an ‘amateur’ mathematician because he did not always give proof for his workings and did not publish them in books. Joanna McCabe over on Metro reports that de Fermat was considered to be on a similar level to Rene Descartes in his day and that he was “recognized for his discovery of an original method of finding the greatest and the smallest ordinates of curved lines and his research into number theory, he’s credited with the early developments that led to infinitesimal calculus.” He was also known in the fields of analytic geometry, optics, and probability.

There is also a YouTube video about the Google Doodle for Pierre de Fermat, which you can see below this story. We’d be interested to hear from you about this latest Google Doodle, which hails Pierre de Fermat. Do you agree that it’s pretty clever how Google changed the words of his quote to fit in line with the Doodle? Let us know with your comments.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting, i like how the G is significant in this equation and formula, which is now used by yourselves. The rest fo the letters fit nicely inbetween the equation. It kinda of reminds me upon how i used to doodle whislt being at school :p only kidding no chance….i literally scribbled my way out of class lol