## 7 Extraordinary Mathematicians You Should Know About

**1. Evariste Galois (1811-1832, France)**

*Ecole Polytechnique*twice because he could not explain his answers, was jailed for six months, and died in a duel at the age of 21.

Galois was ahead of his time. In his teens, he was able to determine necessary and sufficient conditions for algebraic solutions of polynomials to exist. He barely attended college, but most of his contemporaries could not understand his work. He submitted research papers that were either lost or “incomprehensible.” It was only 14 years after his death that the mathematics community was able to recognize the value of his work.

Despite his short life and his **numerous misfortunes**, his works gave a firm foundation to group theory. » Read more