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Evariste Galois: the 20 year old mathematician who fought a duel

Some stories you just couldn’t make up.  Evariste Galois was a young French Mathematician, who wrote his most important work on algebra and symmetry, now known as Galois theory, the night before dying in the strange symmetry of a pistol duel.  And that’s without mentioning Galois’ involvement in the 1830 Revolution, his imprisonment, and his unrequited love affair.

Our thanks to Republic of Mathematics, which brought these two videos to our attention.  The first is a TED talk by Marcus du Sautoy on Galois and symmetry, the second is a short documentary on Galois’ life. 

Click to play documentary.

Sometimes it’s hard to engage students with the lives of great mathematicians.  Have a go with this one.  The ingredients are remarkable.

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  1. Sam
    January 17, 2011 at 12:01 am

    There has been a little shor filmed made about the last night of Evariste Galois it was done in 2010

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