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A collection of 22 papers on Fermat';s Last Theorem Various European cities, 1945. Various European cities, 1945. DE GOEDE, G. Vollständige Lösung des grossen Fermat';schen Satzes. Deventer, Verlag von Charles Dixon, 1909.Pamphlet (245 × 160 mm), pp. 11; very good in original printed paper wrappers.AURIC, André Joseph. Démonstration du théorème de Fermat. Istanbul, A. Zellich Fils, 1910.Single folded sheet (220 × 145 mm) with one printed page.BARBETTE, Édouard. Le dernier théorème de Fermat. Liége, E. Gnusé, 1910.Pamphlet (225 × 150 mm), pp. 19, slightly tanned; ink inscription from the author ‘A Messieurs les Membres de la Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen'; [KNAW]; near fine in original printed paper wrappers.OCHITOWITSCH, Alexander. Beweis des grossen Fermatschen Satzes. Kazan, Typo-Litographie der Kaiserlichen Universität, 1910.8vo (255 × 170 mm), pp. 50; occasional foxing; ink inscription to front cover; else good in original printed paper wrappers, slightly worn at edges; uncut and unopened.OCHITOWITSCH, Alexander. Dokazamel';smvo veliko meoremy Fermata. Kazan, Tipo-Litografia Imperatorskago universiteta, 1910.8vo (255 × 170 mm), pp. 51; bright, clean text; very good in original printed paper wrappers, slightly tanned and worn at edges; uncut and unopened.REVALK, A. C. De Stelling van Fermat. Amsterdam, Johannes Müller, 1910.Pamphlet (265 × 180 mm), pp. 26; somewhat tanned; good in original printed paper wrappers.FEIJTES, J. J. Verhandlung der allgemeinen Auflösung des Theorems Fermats. The Hague, Boekhandel en Drukkerij v/h G. C. T van Dorp & Co., 1912.8vo (245 × 160 mm), pp. 49; printed inscription from author tipped in to title-page; chipped with small loss to base of spine, otherwise good in original printed wrappers; 8 page supplement with errata as loose insert.SCHILL, A. K. J. De Stelling van Fermat geheel in het algemeen. The Hague, privately printed, 1915.4to (275 × 215 mm), pp. 16; text tanned; fair in original printed paper wrappers, curled and chipped at edges.VOIGT, Andreas. Die Teilbarkeit der Potenzsummen und die Lösung des Fermat';schen Problems. Frankfurt am Main, Verlag von Moritz Diesterweg, 1916.8vo (243 × 160 mm), pp. xii, 64; text lightly tanned; ownership stamp of Andreas Voigt to front cover; fair in original printed paper wrappers, worn and split at top and base of spine, spine cracked; some leaves unopened.CIUROPAJLOWYCZ, Thomas. Drei Beweise des sog. letzten Fermatschen Satzes. Lemberg, A. Goldman, 1917.Pamphlet (235 × 165 mm), pp. 14; tanned, ink annotations to pp. 12-13; good in original paper wrappers, a little soiled.SCHNITZLEIN, Philipp. Beweis des "großen Fermat';schen Satzes" mit den Hilfsmitten der elementaren Zahlentheorie des Diophant und Fermat';s selbst. Nürnberg, Druck von Georg Heydolph, 1921.Pamphlet (235 × 150 mm), pp. 6; tanned with somewhat worn edges; chipped loose title-page; typed errata sheet, inscribed by the author; disbound.MUIKA, I. Quelques observations élémentaires sur les nombres entiers. Théorème de Fermat. 2ième édition. Bucharest, "Via a Româneascâ" S. A. Éditeurs, 1922.Pamphlet (230 × 160 mm), pp. 12; good in original printed paper wrappers.MUIKA, I. Théorème de Fermat. 3ième édition. Bucharest, "Cartea Româneascâ" S. A. Éditeurs, 1923. Pamphlet (235 × 160 mm), pp. 8; text a little tanned; else very good in original printed paper wrappers, a few creases, especially to top.MIUKA, I. Théorème de Fermat. 4ième édition. Bucharest, "Cartea Româneascâ" S. A. Éditeurs, 1924.Pamphlet (235 × 160 mm), pp. 8; text a little tanned; else very good in original printed paper wrappers.MUIKA, I. Das Fermat';sche Theorem. Bucharest, Druck und Verlag Königliche Hofbuchdruckerei F. Göbl Söhne, 1925.Pamphlet (235 × 160 mm), pp. 8; text a little tanned; else very good in original printed paper wrappers.MUIKA, I. Das Fermat';sche Theorem. Bucharest, Druck und Verlag Königliche Hofbuchdruckerei F. Göbl Söhne, 1926.Single folded sheet (235 × 160 mm), pp. 3; text a little tanned, else very good.MUIKA, I. Das Fermat';sche Theorem. Bucharest, Druck und Verlag Königliche Hofbuchdruckerei F. Göbl Söhne, 1927.Single folded sheet (235 × 160 mm), pp. 3; text a little tanned; slight chipping to foot, else very good.MUIKA, I. Das Fermat';sche Theorem. Bucharest, Druck und Verlag Königliche Hofbuchdruckerei F. Göbl Söhne, 1930.Pamphlet (235 × 160 mm), pp. 7; text a little tanned; very good in original printed paper wrappers.BARBETTE, Édouard. Le dernier théorème de Fermat. Sa démonstration. Paris, Gauthier-Villars Éditeur, 1942.Pamphlet (140 × 215 mm), p. 13; text somewhat tanned; very good in original printed paper wrappers.BARBETTE, Édouard. Le dernier théorème de Fermat. "Sa démonstration générale". Paris, Gauthier-Villars Éditeur, no date but c. 1945.Pamphlet (205 × 135 mm), pp. 8; near fine in original printed paper wrappers.BARBETTE, Édouard. Le dernier théorème de Fermat. "Sa démonstration générale". Paris, Gauthier-Villars Éditeur, 1945.Pamphlet (205 × 135 mm), pp. 14; an additional page tipped in at p. 13, two errata slips; near fine in original printed paper wrappers.SCHALLER, J. Georg. Beweis der Richtigkeit des "grofsen Fermatshcen Satzes". Grabow and Mecklenburg, Selbstverlag des Verfassers, no date.Pamphlet (230 × 150 mm), pp. 23; errata slip; inscribed by former owner to first page; very good in original paper wrappers. An incredible collection illustrating the efforts made by countless mathematicians, amateur and professional, to win the DM 100, 000 prize money offered in 1908 for a proof of Fermat';s Last Theorem.Pierre de Fermat (1601 or 1607-1665) was the ‘Prince of Amateurs'; in the world of mathematics; professionally a lawyer at the parlement of Toulouse, he spent all his spare time working on mathematical puzzles, pioneering among other things coordinate geometry (which he developed independently of Descartes), infinitesimal calculus, and probability theory, as well as the number theory for which he is better known.He is now notorious for his ‘last theorem';, a reference to a mysterious annotation in his copy of Claude Gaspard Bachet de Méziriac';s 1621 Latin translation of Diophantus, in which Fermat claimed to have discovered ‘a truly marvellous demonstration'; of the impossibility of finding a whole number solution to Diophantus';s equation, x^n + y^n = z^nwhere n is any integer greater than 2. It is unlikely that Fermat really had found a solution, but since he was not in the habit of sharing his proofs, we shall probably never know. The possibility that he had found one, however, encouraged generations of mathematicians to find the answer, but it was not until Andrew Wiles finally announced a proof in October 1994 that Fermat';s challenge was finally met. Wiles himself had been obsessed with Fermat';s Last Theorem from childhood, but he was by no means the only one to catch the Fermat bug. After decades in the doldrums following Ernst Kummer';s (1810-1893) 1844 paper on ideal numbers, in 1908 money bequeathed by the wealthy German industrialist Paul Wolfskehl (1856-1906), an amateur enthusiast of mathematics who had died from complications of multiple sclerosis, was used to establish a competition offering DM 100, 000 to the person who could prove (not disprove, however) Fermat';s Last Theorem within the next 100 years.It was this competition that gave the search for an answer to Fermat';s challenge a new lease of life. The papers offered here represent the fruits of this renewed impetus. By 1912 more than a thousand ‘proofs'; had been sent to the award organisation, many from amateurs eager for greatness, but with little understanding of the mathematical complexities involved. The papers in the present collection include offerings from both professional mathematicians, as well as rank outsiders. For sheer wishful thinking (and brevity), the French engineer André Joseph Auric (1910), a senior member of the Ponts et Chaussées working in Istanbul, is not to be beaten. More serious mathematical contributions include that of Andreas Voigt (1916), the German mathematician and Professor of economics and social science at Frankfurt. Serial offenders, who couldn';t help but work over their proofs through several editions include the Rumanian artillery general I. Muika (1922-1930) and Édouard Barbette, who made contributions over thirty-five years, from 1910 to 1945.The collection itself was formally in the possession of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen), and each paper has the institutional stamp of the academy to ist upper cover or first page, plus other occasional library markings. Some of the papers in the collection are presentation copies and include inscriptions from the authors. The collection is now contained in a recent green cloth portfolio. [Bookseller: Abel Rare Books Ltd.]
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