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Screening of "Galois: Story of a Revolutionary Mathematician"

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Edmond Safra Lecture Theatre

King's College London

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The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training CANES is happy to present the documentary "Galois: Story of a Revolutionary Mathematician" in the presence of the screenwriter, Professor Giuseppe Mussardo.

The romantic legend of an absolute prodigy of mathematics, Évariste Galois, who was killed at a very young age during a fatal duel on 29 May 1832, comes to life in a documentary film by Giuseppe Mussardo and Diego Cenetiempo, produced by SISSA and ICTP. By blending the biographical and the creative, the film tells of the beginning of an extraordinary scientific adventure made up of profound intuitions, which were unappreciated at the time but which were to change the face of mathematics and physics over the following two centuries.

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Paris, May 29, 1832. In the middle of the night, on the eve of a duel, Évariste Galois, a little older than twenty, handles for the last time a manuscript full of equations and theorems he had written four years earlier. “I have no time! I do not have time!” he frantically wrote in the margins.Apart from the solution to a famous algebraic problem that has obsessed the minds of great mathematicians for centuries, that manuscript marks the beginning of an extraordinary scientific adventure that radically changed the way we see the world nowadays. Galois has made us aware of the power of symmetry and mathematical beauty, providing us with the ideal language to unveil the fundamental laws of the universe, from the microscopic world of elementary particles studied at CERN in Geneva, to the extraordinary vastness of intergalactic spaces.Genius, rebellious, revolutionary, bitter due to the lack of official recognition, intolerant of injustices, tormented by his father’s suicide, Galois is a romantic heroic character, a figure who seems to come out of the pages of a Victor Hugo or Stendhal’s novel. The tragic history of his life has a fascination that never seems to end.


Original idea and screenplay: Giuseppe Mussardo

Director: Diego Cenetiempo

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