By Michal Krizek, Florian Luca, Lawrence Somer, A. Solcova

French mathematician Pierre de Fermat turned leading for his pioneering paintings within the zone of quantity thought. His paintings with numbers has been attracting the eye of beginner mathematicians for over 350 years. This booklet used to be written in honor of the four-hundredth anniversary of his beginning and is predicated on a sequence of lectures given via the authors. the aim of this e-book is to supply readers with an outline of the numerous houses of Fermat numbers and to illustrate their various appearances and functions in components reminiscent of quantity thought, chance idea, geometry, and sign processing. This booklet introduces a basic mathematical viewers to simple mathematical rules and algebraic equipment attached with the Fermat numbers and should supply valuable studying for the beginner alike.

Michal Krizek is a senior researcher on the Mathematical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and affiliate Professor within the division of arithmetic and Physics at Charles college in Prague. Florian Luca is a researcher on the Mathematical Institute of the UNAM in Morelia, Mexico. Lawrence Somer is a Professor of arithmetic on the Catholic college of the US in Washington, D. C.

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Since transitivity holds as well, it is an equivalence relation over the set of integers. , a == b (mod m). 2) follows. + jm, (mod m). 6. 310]). The exact origin of this book is not known, but it was written some time in the period 280-473. This example can be stated as follows: We have an unknown number x of objects. Counting them by three, two objects will remain, counting them by five, three objects will remain, and finally, counting them by seven, two objects will remain. What is x? Using modern Gaussian notation, we can rewrite this ancient example as a system of simultaneous congruences: == 2 (mod 3), x == 3 (mod 5), x == 2 (mod 7).

6) F5 = 232 + 1 = 24a 4 + 1 = (1 + ab = (1 + ab)a 4 + (1 - a 4 b4 ) b4 )a 4 = (1 + ab)(a 4 + (1 - ab)(1 + a 2 b2 )), which yields 641 I F5 . 0 +1 4. 17 is due to [Krai'tchik, 1926, p. 22]' [Hardy, Wright, 1954, 1960, pp. 1415]): Since 641 = 24 + 54, we have where i and j are integers. 14-15]). Observe that divides each of 5 4228 + 232 and 54228 - 1 and so it also divides their difference, which is F 5 . 14 is always even (see [Lucas, 1878b]). 18 (Lucas). 7) p = k2 rn + 2 + 1, where k is a natural number.

13, Suppose that where 0 ::; k < 2m. 13). Therefore, ordF=n = Fm -1, and n is a primitive root modulo Fm. 26 (Euler's criterion), a quadratic residue r modulo a prime p cannot be a primitive root modulo p, since r(p-l)/2 == 1 (mod p). 8 illustrate the same situation. In Chapter 5 we will explore this phenomenon further. The theorem below appears in [Racli§]. 11 (Racli§). Let Fm be a prime and a an integer. Then every prime Fermat number less than or equal to Fm divides a F = - a. Fk Proof. Let be any prime Fermat number for which 0 ::; k ::; m.