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ALL Course: The Equation That Could Not Be Solved

October 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Equation That Could Not Be Solved
With Ron Lesher

Date: Five sessions on Tuesdays, October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7
Time: 10:00–11:30am
Location: Dorchester House, CBMM Campus
Enrollment limited to 12; Sign up early!

Course Description:
The quadratic formula was known to the ancient Babylonians. The mid-sixteenth century saw the claims and counterclaims of Tartaglia, Cardano, and Ferrari for the discovery of the general solution of third and fourth degree equations. It would take a new level of abstraction, the mathematical group and symmetry, to prove that there exists no general solution for algebraic equations of the fifth degree and higher. The outline of that proof was written down the night before the twenty-year-old Evariste Galois was killed in a duel.
Come and explore together the colorful history of the general solutions of algebraic equations and the Galois proof that above the fourth degree such solutions do not exist.

Members $30 | Non-Members $45


October 10
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Dorchester House
213 North Talbot Street, St. Michaels, 21663
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