July 9, 2007
The JSTOR database is an archive of important scholarly journals, offering researchers high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages. It now includes 37,094 articles from The American Mathematical Monthly, from 1894 to 2003. The 1994 article "Galois Theory for Beginners" by John Stillwell ranks as the fifth most frequently accessed Monthly article in the database.
"Galois Theory for Beginners"
The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 101, No. 1 (January 1994), pp. 22-27
Galois theory is regarded as the peak of undergraduate algebra, and the modern syllabus is designed to lead to its summit, usually taken to be the unsolvability of the general quintic equation. The aim of this paper is to prove the unsolvability by radicals of the quintic using just the fundamentals of groups, rings, and fields from a standard first course in algebra.
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