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Germain and Her Fearless Attempt to Prove Fermat's Last Theorem

@article{Musielak2019GermainAH,
title={Germain and Her Fearless Attempt to Prove Fermat's Last Theorem},
author={D. Musielak},
journal={arXiv: History and Overview},
year={2019}
}

Two centuries ago, Sophie Germain began to work on her grand plan to prove the theorem of Fermat, the famous conjecture that $x^n + y^n = z^n$ is impossible for nonzero integral values of $x$, $y$, and $z$, when $n > 2$. At that time, this was an open question since nobody knew whether Fermat's assertion was true. Euler had proved it for $n = 3$ and $n = 4$. However, no one else had demonstrated the general case. Then Sophie Germain valiantly entered the world of mathematics in 1804, reaching… Expand