Choice of Mathematician due Fri, Jan 15th

Summary of Life and Work due Wed, Jan 26th at 5pm Writing Checklist

Presentations of Bios and an Aspect of their Math due at varying times Presentation Checklist

Complete Paper due the last day of classes Paper Checklist

One student per person - first come, first served.

  • Joseph Lagrange and the Solution of 3rd and 4th degree polynomials by radicals.
  • Niels Abel and Solving a quintic equation
  • Sophie Germain and Fermat's Last Theorem and Sophie Germain Numbers
  • Arthur Carley and Why is GL(2,R) a group under addition but not multiplication?
  • Augustin Louis Cauchy and Permutations form a group?
  • Marjorie Lee Browne and What is the difference between O(n) and U(n)? Why are they matrix groups under multiplication?
  • Camille Jordan and Why is GL(3,R) an infinite abelian group under addition, but not multiplication?
  • Leopold Kronecker and The Fundamental Theorem of Finite Abelian Groups
  • Carl Friedrich Gauss and the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
  • Ludwig Sylow and Sylow's first theorem
  • William Rowan Hamilton and and Why the quaternions are a non-commutative ring?
  • Richard Dedekind and the Difference between a ring and a field
  • Evariste Galois and What is a Finite Field?
  • Sophus Lie and What is a Lie group?
  • Emmy Noether and What is the ascending chain condition on sets? On rings?

    Some Books Containing Bios

  • Notable mathematicians : from ancient times to the present / Robyn V. Young, editor ; Zoran Minderovic, associate editor Publisher Detroit : Gale, c1998 ASU REFERENCE QA28 .N66 1998 LIB USE ONLY[-


  • Agnes to Zeno: over 100 vignettes from the history of math by Smith
  • Contemporary Abstract Algebra by Gallian
  • Elements of Modern Algebra by Gilbert
  • Men of Mathematics by Bell
  • Women of Mathematics by Grinstein

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