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34185221 the Foundations of Math[1]

34185221 the Foundations of Math[1]

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Although she was a reclusive, self-taught mathematician, Sophie
Germain earned the respect and friendship of Europe’s leading
mathematicians. She identified a class of prime numbers that bear
her name. Through Germain’s Theorem she made a significant
contribution toward the proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem. Her
paper on the mathematical theory of vibrating surfaces won the

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Marie-Sophie Germain

(1776–1831)

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Marie-Sophie Germain solved Fermat’s
Last Theorem for a class of prime
numbers that were named after her
and won a prize for her research on
the mathematical theory of vibrating
surfaces.

(The Granger Collection)

grand prize in France’s national competition. She introduced the
concept of mean curvature of a surface.

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