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Towards van der Waerden’s conjecture
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Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 376 (2023), 2739-2785 Request permission


How often is a quintic polynomial solvable by radicals? We establish that the number of such polynomials, monic and irreducible with integer coefficients in $[-H,H]$, is $O(H^{3.91})$. More generally, we show that if $n \geqslant 3$ and $n \notin \{ 7, 8, 10 \}$ then there are $O(H^{n-1.017})$ monic, irreducible polynomials of degree $n$ with integer coefficients in $[-H,H]$ and Galois group not containing $A_n$. Save for the alternating group and degrees $7,8,10$, this establishes a 1936 conjecture of van der Waerden.
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  • Sam Chow
  • Affiliation: Mathematics Institute, Zeeman Building, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, United Kingdom
  • MR Author ID: 1077989
  • ORCID: 0000-0001-7651-4831
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  • Rainer Dietmann
  • Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham TW20 0EX, United Kingdom
  • MR Author ID: 667217
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  • Received by editor(s): July 12, 2021
  • Received by editor(s) in revised form: April 27, 2022, and August 2, 2022
  • Published electronically: January 24, 2023
  • Additional Notes: The first author was supported by EPSRC Fellowship Grant EP/S00226X/2, and by the Swedish Research Council under grant no. 2016-06596.
  • © Copyright 2023 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 376 (2023), 2739-2785
  • MSC (2020): Primary 11R32; Secondary 11C08, 11D45, 11G35
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  • MathSciNet review: 4557880