The equation that couldn't be solved: how mathematical genius discovered the language of symmetry
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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 symmetryknown as group theorydid 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.
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subject_facet  Diophantine analysis  History, Galois theory  History, Group theory  History, Symmetric functions  History, Symmetry (Mathematics)  History  
title_display  The equation that couldn't be solved : how mathematical genius discovered the language of symmetry  
title_full  The equation that couldn't be solved : how mathematical genius discovered the language of symmetry / Mario Livio  
title_short  The equation that couldn't be solved :  
title_sub  how mathematical genius discovered the language of symmetry 