# Book:Pierre de Fermat/Introduction to Plane and Solid Loci

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## Pierre de Fermat:

## Pierre de Fermat: *Introduction to Plane and Solid Loci*

Published $\text {1637}$

### Subject Matter

### Contents

Fermat's description of his invention of analytic geometry.

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## Historical Note

*Introduction to Plane and Solid Loci* was the fruit of Pierre de Fermat's attempt to reconstruct Apollonius of Perga's lost *De Locis Planis* from what little information he could find.

While circulating in manuscript form from $1637$ onwards, *Introduction to Plane and Solid Loci* was not formally published until after Fermat's death.

## Sources

- 1992: George F. Simmons:
*Calculus Gems*... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $\text {A}.13$: Fermat ($\text {1601}$ – $\text {1665}$) - 2008: Ian Stewart:
*Taming the Infinite*... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $6$: Curves and Coordinates: Fermat