# Mathematician:Claude Gaspard Bachet de Méziriac

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## Mathematician

Also known as **Claude (Gaspar) Bachet**.

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*, a collection of arithmetical tricks and questions - 1621: 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 - 1624:
*Problèmes plaisans*(2nd edition)

*Les éléments arithmétiques*, which exists in manuscript form

## Sources

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

- 1986: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*... (previous) ... (next): A List of Mathematicians in Chronological Sequence - 1997: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): A List of Mathematicians in Chronological Sequence