nLab Galois' last letter

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commonly known as la lettre testament or Galois’ last letter, since, famously, the morning after writing it the author died in a duel.

The letter announces Galois’ solution to the “solvability of equations by radicals”. It is commonly cited as the first printed appearance of the term group in modern mathematical practice (specifically: group of permutations).

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