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Note: This was first posted at Mathematics Stack Exchange, from which I was redirected here. Forgive me if this violates any crossposting rules I'm not currently aware of.


Currently, I'm starting work on a project about Evariste Galois. While I'm familiar with the basic details of his life — French, revolutionary, genius, headstrong, dead — and those details paint an amazing picture of him, I have not been able to find a comprehensive biography of him in English.

Unfortunately, my command of French is poor and, thus, reading any biographies in French would be out of the question at this time. I was hoping you could point me to an authoritative biography in English, if such a thing exists, and if not, to compilations of his personal correspondence or the like.

Thank you for your help.

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    $\begingroup$ Yes, "dead" tends to be the last detail of many people's lives. Anyway, have you looked at the book by Leopold Infeld, "For Whom the Gods Love"? $\endgroup$
    – KCd
    Oct 26 '16 at 6:25
  • $\begingroup$ It seems doubly difficult to do this when you don't read French. $\endgroup$ Oct 27 '16 at 15:10
  • $\begingroup$ While I love the French language, I'm only beginning to learn it, so I'm not what one would consider fluent in 'common' French, let alone the old-timey and mathematical sort of French that Galois doubtlessly used to express himself. $\endgroup$ Oct 28 '16 at 2:21
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    $\begingroup$ See Rothman's Genius and Biographers: the Fictionalization of Evariste Galois, which dispels many anecdotes that accumulated around Galois's biography, in particular due to E.T. Bell's and Infeld's fiction, based on modern scholarship. $\endgroup$
    – Conifold
    Nov 2 '16 at 18:31
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You can see :

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The classical source is Leopold Infeld, Whom the gods love, https://www.amazon.com/Whom-Gods-Love-mathematics-education/dp/0873531256

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