@article{7ebd8c44ff224db581ca4f71d6e17fc5,

title = "Fermat meets SWAC: Vandiver, the lehmers, computers, and number theory",

abstract = "This article describes the work of Harry Schultz Vandiver, Derrick Henry Lehmer, and Emma Lehmer on calculations related with proofs of Fermat's last theorem. This story sheds light on ideological and institutional aspects of activity in number theory in the US during the 20th century, and on the incursion of computer-assisted methods into pure fields of mathematical research.",

keywords = "Fermat's last theorem, Lehmer, Number theory, SWAC, Vandiver",

author = "Leo Corry",

note = "Funding Information: Emma and Dick moved to Lehigh Univer sity in 1932, and it is there that the collaboration with Vandiver (see Figure 3) began. The work by the Lehmers was funded by a Penrose Scholarship granted to Vandiver by the American Philosophical Society. Part of the money went to renting a 10-10-20 electric Monroe machine (http://www.xnumber.com/ xnumber/pic_monroe_electr.htm) at a cost of US$25 per month. The rest helped pay the Lehmers, even though this collided with the terms of Dick{\textquoteright}s employment at Lehigh. In 1934, Dick Lehmer wrote to Vandiver:",

year = "2008",

month = jan,

doi = "10.1109/MAHC.2008.6",

language = "אנגלית",

volume = "30",

pages = "38--49",

journal = "IEEE Annals of the History of Computing",

issn = "1058-6180",

publisher = "IEEE Computer Society",

number = "1",

}