Mathematicians born on this day:
1853 : Ricci-Curbastro |
Mathematicians who died on this day:
1665 : Fermat |

Pierre de Fermat | Hermann Minkowski | James Thomson |

**Pierre Fermat** (1601 - 1665)

[In the margin of his copy of Diophantus's *Arithmetica*, Fermat wrote]

To divide a cube into two other cubes, a fourth power or in general any power whatever into two powers of the same denomination above the second is impossible, and I have assuredly found an admirable proof of this, but the margin is too narrow to contain it.

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians

JOC/EFR January 2013
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