22 Mar 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
470 Stephens Hall
Mathematics and Statistics, The Open University and The Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick, U.K.
In the 19th century a handful of short difficult papers about solution methods for polynomial equations grew into a vigorous branch of algebra (Galois theory) and even into a rallying cry for modern structural mathematics. The influential German mathematician Felix Klein’s well-known but little-read book The Icosahedron of 1884 played a significant, and often neglected, role in the controversies that attended the creation of these ideas. The arguments he and his opponents used range over important questions about the organization of mathematical knowledge and the direction of research.
Additional sponsorship comes from: CSTMS HPLMS Working Group, Department of Philosophy