# Mathematician:Claude Gaspard Bachet de Méziriac

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## Mathematician

First to discuss the solution of indeterminate equations by means of continued fractions.

First member to hold Seat 13 of the Académie Française.

## Nationality

French

## History

- Born: 9 October 1581 in Bourg-en-Bresse, Savoy (now France)
- Died: 26 February 1638 in Bourg-en-Bresse

## Theorems and Definitions

Believed to have provided a proof of what is now known as Bézout's Identity.

## Publications

- 1612:
*Problèmes Plaisans et Delectables qui se font par les Nombres*("Pleasant and Delectable Problems that are done by Numbers")

- 1621:
*Diophanti Alexandrini Arithmeticorum*: A translation from Greek to Latin of the*Arithmetica*of Diophantus. It was in the margin of this edition that Fermat stated his famous "last" theorem

*Les Éléments Arithmétiques*, which exists in manuscript form

## Also known as

Also known as **Claude Bachet** or **Claude-Gaspar Bachet**, with or without the hyphen.

## Sources

- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "Claude Gaspard Bachet de Méziriac": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

- 1986: David Wells:
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