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14 June 2015

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tagus

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As a Math Grad, one of the big figures we learn about in our final year as Undergraduates is a young Frenchman from this part of history named Evariste Galois ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89variste_Galois ).

The millenia-old problem he solved on the night before being killed in a duel now forms the foundation of modern mathematics research. The theory that bears his name is the ground floor for everyone who goes to graduate school in mathematics nowadays.

This group of trendy, right-wing Goons that you introduce in the episode... did he become one of them? Maybe I'm getting too far ahead, though... but I'd really like to know.

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Comment about the previous episode that I can't make because it was locked by the time I came here to post:

The way you describe the end of Saint-Just in the previous episode was metal as fuck.

You said that he was there in the prison cell with Robespierre, watching as the man tried to kill himself but failed miserably. You made it sound like The Angel of Death just watched his disgraced comrade try to commit suicide and cry helplessly when he blew half of his jaw off, stoic and calm the whole time.

http://i.imgur.com/i89sAE0.jpg

Steve

Ah, the French military victories. Dare this lead to some amount of mention of the General Dumas? I hope so, his background is eminently fascinating and also interesting in how the Republic's attitudes change, both now and with the Rise of Napoleon. One year France has a black general as essentially a four star general despite being a former slave, a few years later and France is full-back on the racism train. Haitian revolution etc.

Andrew

tagus: Evariste Galois was not around until the 19th century. He was fervently republican at a time when the monarchy had been re-established. According to this site http://www.galois-group.net/g/EN/prison.html he was very left-wing for his time.

Galois' early death is possibly the greatest tragedy of mathematics. He died so young. We can only wonder at what he might have achieved.

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