Thursday, 3 November 2011, 5:30PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

The Memoirs and Legacy of Évariste Galois

Dr Peter Neumann OBE

Évariste Galois was born 200 years ago and died aged 20, shot in a mysterious early-morning duel in 1832. He left contributions to the theory of equations that changed the direction of mathematics and led directly to what is now broadly described as 'modern' or 'abstract' algebra. In this lecture, designed for a general audience, Dr Peter Neumann will explain Galois' discoveries and place them in their historical context. Little knowledge of mathematics is assumed - the only prerequisite is sympathy for mathematics and its history.

This lecture was jointly held with the British Society for the History of Mathematics.
For the other BHSM lectures, follows these links:      
      19th Century Mathematical Physics, by Professor Raymond Flood, Dr Julia Collins
      and Dr Mark McCartney
      Triangular Relationships, by Dr Patricia Fara
      Mathematics, Motion and Truth, by Professor Jeremy Gray
      Mathematics and the Medici, by Jim Bennett
      Planes and Pacifism, by Dr June Barrow-Green
      From World Brain to the World Wide Web, by Professor Martin Campbell-Kelly
      History from Below, by Dr Stephen Johnston
      The Celestial Geometry of John Flamsteed, by Dr Allan Chapman
      Mathematics in the Metropolis, by Adrian Rice

dr-peter-neumann-obe

Dr Peter Neumann is Emeritus Fellow of the Queen's College, Oxford. He is a former President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics and was the Chairman of the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust between 1996 and 2004.

Read More
Read Less
Related Past Lectures
WATCHED

Mathematical Research from Toy Models

Professor Tadashi Tokieda
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Can You Do Mathematics In A Crowd?

Professor Chris Budd OBE
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Quantum Mathematician

Professor Chris Budd OBE
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 - 1:00PM
WATCHED

Euler's Equation: 'The Most Beautiful Theorem in Mathematics'

Professor Robin Wilson
Thursday, 15 February 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Is a Mathematician a Robot?

Professor Chris Budd OBE
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Maths is Coded in Your Genes

Professor Chris Budd OBE
Tuesday, 9 January 2018 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series
Part of a conference

Hanna Neumann: A Mathematician in Difficult Times

Dr Peter Neumann OBE
Thursday, 29 October 2015 - 4:45PM
WATCHED
Part of a series
Part of a conference

Pi and e and the the most beautiful theorem in mathematics

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series
Part of a conference

Just Imagine! The Tale of i

Professor Raymond Flood
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 - 4:45PM
WATCHED
Part of a series
Part of a conference

Zero is a Hero

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 - 4:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series
Part of a conference

Leibniz (1646-1716) and the Curve of Quickest Descent

Professor Jan van Maanen
Thursday, 27 October 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series
Part of a conference

Fractal Curves: From the Esoteric to the Ubiquitous

Professor Kenneth Falconer
Thursday, 27 October 2016 - 4:30PM
WATCHED
Part of a series
Part of a conference

Archimedes and the Mathematics of Spirals

Dr Snezana Lawrence
Thursday, 27 October 2016 - 4:00PM
WATCHED

The Enigma Machine: How it Works

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 - 1:10PM
WATCHED

The Fly Puzzle and Von Neumann's Response

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 - 1:05PM
WATCHED

Three Great Mathematicians: Hardy, Littlewood, and Hardy-Littlewood

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - 1:05PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Explaining Relativity with a Pencil

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 - 1:20PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Principles of Relativity: Einstein and Galileo

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 - 1:15PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Einstein and the Photo-Electric Effect

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 - 1:05PM