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Contents

Preface

1. Symmetry

2. eyE s'dniM eht ni yrtemmyS

3. Never Forget This in the Midst of Your Equations

4. The Poverty-Stricken Mathematician

5. The Romantic Mathematician

6. Groups

7. Symmetry Rules

8. Who's the Most Symmetrical of Them All?

9. Requiem for a Romantic Genius

Appendix 1. Card Puzzle

Appendix 2. Solving a System of Two Linear Equations

Appendix 3. Diophantus's Solution

Appendix 4. A Diophantine Equation

Appendix 5. Tartaglia's Verses and Formula

Appendix 6. Adriaan van Roomen's Challenge

Appendix 7. Properties of the Roots of Quadratic Equations

Appendix 8. The Galois Family Tree

Appendix 9. The 14-15 Puzzle

Appendix 10. Solution to the Matches Problem

Notes

References

Index




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Group theory -- History.
Galois theory -- History.
Galois, Evariste, -- 1811-1832.
Symmetric functions -- History.
Symmetry -- Mathematics -- History.
Diophantine analysis -- History.