Vita Mathematica

Evariste Galois 1811–1832

Authors: Toti Rigatelli, Laura

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Evariste Galois' short life was lived against the turbulent background of the restoration of the Bourbons to the throne of France, the 1830 revolution in Paris and the accession of Louis-Phillipe. This new and scrupulously researched biography of the founder of modern algebra sheds much light on a life led with great intensity and a death met tragically under dark circumstances. Sorting speculation from documented fact, it offers the fullest and most exacting account ever written of Galois' life and work. It took more than seventy years to fully understand the French mathematician's first mémoire (published in 1846) which formulated the famous "Galois theory" concerning the solvability of algebraic equations by radicals, from which group theory would follow. Obscurities in his other writings - mémoires and numerous fragments of extant papers - persist and his ideas challenge mathematicians to this day. Thus scholars will welcome those chapters devoted specifically to explicating all aspects of Galois' work. A comprehensive bibliography enumerates studies by and also those about the mathematician.

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"This very pleasant, interesting and well-written biography is based on the analysis and interpretation of a series of hitherto neglected documents found by the author in the French archives. Certainly a book to recommend and that every mathematical library should have."

--Numerical Algorithms


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evariste Galois 1811–1832
Authors
Series Title
Vita Mathematica
Series Volume
11
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Birkhäuser Verlag
eBook ISBN
978-3-0348-9198-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-0348-9198-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-7643-5410-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
163
Number of Illustrations and Tables
34 b/w illustrations
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