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Galois Theory

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Ian Stewart's Galois Theory has been in print for 30 years. Resoundingly popular, it still serves its purpose exceedingly well. Yet mathematics education has changed considerably since 1973, when theory took precedence over examples, and the time has come to bring this presentation in line with more modern approaches.

To this end, the story now begins with polynomials over
Paperback, Third Edition, 328 pages
Published July 28th 2003 by CRC Press (first published October 19th 1989)
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One of the great romantic stories of mathematics. For non-mathematicians, here's a brief summary.

You probably recall learning how to solve quadratic equations, and with the right prompting can still perhaps mumble minus-b-plus-or-minus-square-root-of-b-squared-minus-four-a-c-all-over-two-a. It's a little harder, but you can also solve cubic (third degree) and quartic (fourth degree) equations in a similar way. But although people tried for hundreds of years, no one could figure out how to do th
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Spare a thought for poor Evariste Galois, the French genius who jotted down the outline for a whole branch of mathematics (which is still bearing fruit almost 200 years after his death) in a single night before being killed the next morning in a duel over a prostitute. He was twenty years old.

Galois theory is so elegant and far-reaching, it packs an emotional wallop. (If you like that kind of thing, that is, which I do)
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Ian Nicholas Stewart is an Emeritus Professor and Digital Media Fellow in the Mathematics Department at Warwick University, with special responsibility for public awareness of mathematics and science. He is best known for his popular science writing on mathematical themes.
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