Pierre de Fermat (17 August 1601 or 1607 – 12 January 1665) was a Human mathematician who left a puzzling theorem behind after he died. Andrew Wiles eventually proved the theorem.

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In 2155, Tobin Dax made note of how it was better to start a conversation off with a flashy trick than Andrew Wiles' proof of Fermat's theorem. (DS9 episode: "Facets", ENT novel: Beneath the Raptor's Wing)

Jean-Luc Picard mentioned Fermat during the visit to Theta VIII. (TNG episode: "The Royale")

In 2267, James T. Kirk cited Fermat’s theorem as an example of an insoluble problem when Janet Wallace stated that no problem was insoluble, even their relationship. (TOS novelization: The Deadly Years)

Wiles proved the theorem nearly 30 years after production of The Deadly Years.

In 2371, Data mentioned a rumor that eight-year-old Adam Halliday wrote a new proof of the theorem at the Metadevelopmental Institute, which was confirmed by his father Robert Halliday. (TNG novel: Do Comets Dream?)

In 2376, while speaking with Zeus about the Beings, Mark McHenry joked that everything from the common cold to Fermat's theorem seemed to have been caused by Beings. (NF novel: Gods Above)

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