This 15th and 17th century house was the birthplace of Pierre Fermat, the famous 17th century mathematician. Thought to be one of the oldest building in terms of civil architecture in the bastide of Beaumont de Lomagne, it contains a conference room, cellar, monumental fireplaces and French ceilings that bear traces of frescoes. Its famous tower offers a 360° view of the bastide.
The French mathematician Pierre de Fermat had a passion for mathematics that could rival the greatest scientists of his time: Mersenne, Pascal, Descartes, Galileo,to name but a few.
Fermat made decisive contributions in several mathematical fields, notably number theory. It was in this last area of research that Fermat proved to be unrivalled, putting together a theorem that kept scientists around the world on tenterhooks for 356 years:
Xn + Yn = Zn is impossible in integers for all n> 2.
The objectives of the Fermat Science Association are to promote access to mathematical and scientific culture for everyone, to raise the profile of mathematics, and to bring to life the house where Pierre de Fermat was born through a rich programme of visits, exhibitions and workshops.
Les sciences et les méthématiques à Beaumont de Lomagne
The House Fermat, which was awarded the Maison des Illustres label in 2011 by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, will host a tour of the Maison de Fermat that is linked to Fermat, as well as establishing an educational area for schoolchildren. The tour will be open to all visitors. A variety of events will be put on based around heritage, science and music.
During the construction of the new scientific space, access to the Fermat Tower, the exhibitions and the mediation rooms will be closed (from 1 July 2021 to 31 December 2022). Unfortunately this is necessary so that we can welcome you back to the restored spaces, ensuring they are accessible to everyone and full of surprises. To be continued.
Do maths without knowing it, thanks to the treasure hunt in the bastide of Beaumont de Lomagne. The knotted rope, the Caesar code, the compass... discover and unravel all their secrets.
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