Re: martyrdom

From: Robert Harley (
Date: Thu Mar 22 2001 - 03:15:35 PST

Bill Humphries ( 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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