Pierre de Fermat was born on August 17, 1601 and had the zodiac sign of Leo. Known as the sign of the lion, Leo is the fifth astrological sign of the zodiac and is ruled by the sun. They are generous, warm-hearted, creative, enthusiastic and broad-minded, though can also be temperamental, egotistical, and insecure. Depending on the location of their sun and the other planets in their chart, Leo’s can use their creativity and enthusiasm to bring joy to their environment or they can use it to help them take on challenges and ultimately make a mark on the world.
Pierre de Fermat was born in Beaumont-de-Lomagne, France. He was a lawyer, mathematician, and legislator at the Parliament in Toulouse. He enjoyed solving difficult complex problems that weren’t easy to unravel. This might have been a trait influenced by his sun sign as Leos are often known for their determination to resolve issues that are seen as complex or difficult to work through.
Inspired by the works of Euclid and his own curiosity, Fermat made significant contributions to the science of mathematics. He was an early pioneer of what we now call number theory and was considered to be the last universalist in mathematics, meaning that he was one of the early mathematicians to contribute to every branch of mathematics as it was then known. He is especially remembered for his contributions to analytic geometry, probability, and calculus.
Much of Fermat’s work was kept private and unfortunately, was never fully published, though he enjoyed discussing much of his theories with contemporary mathematicians, like his close friend, Blaise Pascal. Fermat’s groundbreaking contributions to mathematics inspired many of the leading mathematicians of the next generation, including Isaac Newton, Christiaan Huygens, and Leibniz.
It seems that like Leo, Fermat combined his creativity and enthusiasm in order to make significant and lasting contributions to mathematics. His breakthroughs not only inspired the mathematicians of his era but also provided a foundation of theories that stand in modern mathematics today. Fermat’s contributions in mathematics were the embodiment of his creative Leo energy and embody the spirit of what it means to be a Leo and take on the challenges life brings.