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"Brief Life of a Mathematician," by Krishnaswami Alladi. The Hindu, 31 December 2000.
This article tells the story of the life of Evariste Galois, whose letter to afriend, written just before Galois died in a duel at age 20, gave birth to themodern mathematical field of group theory. The article also discusses thegeneral role of group theory in mathematics, and some of the contributions oftwo other great mathematicians who worked in this area, John G. Thompson andSrinivasan Ramanujan.
--- Allyn Jackson