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The equation that couldn't be solved : how mathematical genius discovered the language of symmetry

Author: Mario Livio
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2005.
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Traces the four-thousand-year-old mathematical effort to discover and define the laws of symmetry, citing the achievements of doomed geniuses Niels Henrick Abel and Evariste Galois to solve the quintic equation and give birth to group theory.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Évariste Galois; Evariste Galois; Évariste Galois
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mario Livio
ISBN: 9780743258203 0743258207
OCLC Number: 58843332
Description: x, 353 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Symmetry --
eye s'dnim eht ni yrtemmyS --
Never forget this in the midst of your equations --
The poverty-stricken mathematician --
The romantic mathematician --
Groups --
Symmetry rules --
Who's the most symmetrical of them all? --
Requiem for a romantic genius.
Other Titles: How mathematical genius discovered the language of symmetry
Responsibility: Mario Livio.
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From the author of the bestseller The Golden Ratio comes the story of the 4,000-year-long mathematical quest that uncovered the laws of symmetry in nature and the arts.  Read more...

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"Mario Livio has done a marvelous job combining the gripping human saga of the lives of two mathematical geniuses who died young with the key mathematical ideas of symmetry and structure. He explains Read more...

 
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