Evariste Galois: Founder of Group Theory

  • Krishnaswami Alladi


The French mathematician Evariste Galois had a tragic untimely death in a duel at the age of twenty but had in his all to brief life made a revolutionary contribution, namely the founding of group theory. In commenting on Ramanujan’s demise at the early age of 32, Hardy compared the Indian genius to mathematicians like Galois who died very young, yet had done their best work in their teens. This article describes the remarkable but tragic life of Galois, his monumental creation of group theory, and the relation of the work of Galois to Ramanujan’s results on roots of numbers.

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© Springer India 2013

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  • Krishnaswami Alladi
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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