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Evariste Galois Biography
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Biographical and Fictional Novels on Evariste Galois"In France, about 1830, a new star of unimaginable brightness appeared in the heavens of pure mathematics ... Evariste Galois." Felix Klein
There are lots of mathematicians whose contribution to mathematics was incredible but you will not find any novel about their life. In most cases the reason is, that their life was too normal and too regular. No spectacular love affair, no excectional political activities. It's often difficult to find even some biographical facts about such mathematicians. But when it comes to Evariste Galois, things are different. Galois is one of the greatest mathematicians, and the events of his life cry out for fictionalization and novelization. It has all the elements a writer needs for a novel or even a thriller. Though the favorites of the gods die young, they also live eternally in the company of gods." said Fredrich Nietzsche in "The Birth of Tragedy". From Galois genius he could have been a favourite of the inhabitants of Mount Olympus, and he died young, way too young. We can't say, if he lives in the company of gods, but the tragic events of his life linger on in the hearts of contemporary mathematicians and scientists, and even in those who don't care about mathematics and science. Many biographies and novels make sure that it remains like this.
Written by Bernard Bychan; Last Modified: October 23, 2011