Bill Humphries (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
>I've always thought of Galois -- who, according to legend, wrote up his
>notes on finite groups the night before he died in a duel -- as a martyr.
>According to this article from The Hindu the duel was fought over a
>matter of politics.
Yes in fact Evariste Galois was politically quite a radical.
Ironically one of his main mathematical results, improving earlier
work by Abel, was that many polynomial equations cannot be solved by
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