A journey in the mind of Galois
Impagliazzo, John (2001) A journey in the mind of Galois. In: Robert J. Bumcrot Festschrift, 11 May 2001, Hofstra University.
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The fascination surrounding the solubility of polynomials has challenged mathematicians for centuries. Until Galois, the subject remained largely an open question. Through his insight, Galois used a novel approach to resolve the question. This expository article attempts to retrace Galois' thoughts and illustrates in a small way the birth of modern group theory. The discussion should prove useful to professionals, and especially to students, who may use it to spark further study of the work of Galois.
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