# Évariste Galois

French mathematician, founder of group theory

**Évariste Galois** (October 25, 1811 – May 31, 1832) was a French mathematician, who, while still in his teens, developed the well-known Galois theory. Galois theory is capable to determine whether a polynomial with rational coefficient can be solved by radicals and give a clear insight about what kind of length ratio can be constructed by compass and straightedge, thereby solving the long-standing problems of solving a polynomial by radicals. His life is considered to be one of the most romantic in all of mathematics because of the contributions he has made in such a short span of life.

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## QuotesEdit

*... un auteur ne nuit jamais tant à ses lecteurs que quand il dissimule une difficulté.***... an author never does more damage to his readers than when he hides a difficulty.**- in the preface of
*Deux mémoires d'Analyse pure*, October 8, 1831, edited by Jules Tannery (1908).*Manuscrits de Évariste Galois*. Gauthier-Villars. p. 27.

*Il parait après cela qu'il n'y a aucun fruit à tirer de la solution que nous proposons.***It seems there is no fruit to be drawn from the solution we offer.**^{[citation needed]}

*Ne pleure pas, Alfred ! J'ai besoin de tout mon courage pour mourir à vingt ans !*- Don't cry, Alfred! I need all my courage to die at twenty.
- Quoted in: Léopold Infeld (1978)
*Whom the gods love: the story of Évariste Galois.*p. 299.

- [This] science is the work of the human mind, which is destined rather to study than to know, to seek the truth rather than to find it.
- Of mathematics — as quoted in
*Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty*(1980) by Morris Kline, p. 99.

- Of mathematics — as quoted in