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Publisher Description

What do Bach's compositions, Rubik's Cube, the way we choose our mates, and the physics of subatomic particles have in common? All are governed by the laws of symmetry, which elegantly unify scientific and artistic principles. Yet the mathematical language of symmetry-known as group theory-did not emerge from the study of symmetry at all, but from an equation that couldn't be solved.

For thousands of years mathematicians solved progressively more difficult algebraic equations, until they encountered the quintic equation, which resisted solution for three centuries. Working independently, two great prodigies ultimately proved that the quintic cannot be solved by a simple formula. These geniuses, a Norwegian named Niels Henrik Abel and a romantic Frenchman named Évariste Galois, both died tragically young. Their incredible labor, however, produced the origins of group theory.

The first extensive, popular account of the mathematics of symmetry and order, The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved is told not through abstract formulas but in a beautifully written and dramatic account of the lives and work of some of the greatest and most intriguing mathematicians in history.

GENRE
Science & Nature
RELEASED
2005
September 19
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
Simon & Schuster
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
5
MB

Customer Reviews

Ruddy Northerner ,

Superb math history read

Great book that takes the reader on a journey into the lives of two young and brilliant mathematicians who both face early and tragic deaths. What I liked the most is that the book weaves together the story of these mathematician’s lives and explains the huge contributions each made to their field. After reading this Galois and Abel became my heros and I had never heard of them before reading this book.

chenar ,

expensive

hi its xpensive

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