Algebra's Tragic Hero

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2018-05

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Lyons, Gregory

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This work argues that the 19th century French mathematician, Évariste Galois, died in a duel of love rather than of politics. It also proposes that, contrary to the legend that the mathematical establishment unfairly rejected Galois, it offered him appreciable support in his work. The tragedy of Galois's life, then, is not the he went ostracized and unrecognized. Instead, it is that he had died prematurely when he had a promising mathematical career ahead of him.

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