## Google pays tribute to 'Fermat's Last Theorem'

August 17th, 2011 in Technology / InternetGoogle paid tribute on Wednesday to 17th century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat, transforming its celebrated homepage logo into a blackboard featuring "Fermat's Last Theorem."

**Google paid tribute on Wednesday to 17th century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat, transforming its celebrated homepage logo into a blackboard featuring "Fermat's Last Theorem."**

Google marked what would have been Fermat's 410th birthday by replacing its logo, known as the Google "doodle," with the problem that vexed mathematicians for centuries.

In the margin of a book, Fermat wrote that he had found a "truly marvelous proof" to the math puzzle but the margin was too narrow for him to write it out.

When scrolled over with a mouse, the Google doodle echoes Fermat's famous words saying: "I have discovered a truly marvelous proof of this theorem, which this doodle is too small to contain."

Fermat's Last Theorem was finally solved by a British mathematician in the 1990s.

*(c) 2011 AFP*

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