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Abel's proof : an essay on the sources and meaning of mathematical unsolvability

Author: Peter Pesic
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2003.
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"In 1824 a young Norwegian named Niels Henrik Abel proved conclusively that algebraic equations of the fifth order are not solvable in radicals. In this book Peter Pesic shows what an important event this was in the history of thought. Abel was twenty-one when he self-published his proof and he died five years later, poor and depressed, just before the proof started to receive wide acclaim. Abel's attempts to reach  Read more...
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Named Person: Niels Henrik Abel; Niels Henrik Abel; Niels Henrik Abel; Niels Henrik Abel; Niels Henrik Abel; Niels Henrik Abel; Niels Henrik Abel
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Pesic
ISBN: 0262162164 9780262162166 0262661829 9780262661829
OCLC Number: 50440844
Description: viii, 213 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: The scandal of the irrational --
Controversy and coefficients --
Impossibilities and imaginaries --
Spirals and seashores --
Premonitions and permutations --
Abel's proof --
Abel and Galois --
Seeing symmetries --
The order of things --
Solving the unsolvable.
Responsibility: Peter Pesic.
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Peter Pesic's tale of how maths came to be is as exciting as any fiction.-The Economist Pesic's book is a good place to begin to learn about this important piece of intellectual history.-Fernando Q. Read more...

 
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