MAA Writing Awards
Niels Hendrik Abel and Equations of the Fifth Degree
Award: Chauvenet Prize
Year of Award: 1999
Publication Information: American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 102 (1995), pp. 495-505
Summary: Addresses Abel’s proof that the general equation of the fifth degree cannot be solved in radicals without using Galois theory, within the historical context.
About the Author: Michael I. Rosen was at Brown University at the time of publication.