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### What is the difference between field theory and Galois theory

I am about to finish the book Galois theory by Harold Edwards. I am planning to study Galois theory at a more advanced level or field theory. I am unable to decide because I don't know the difference ...
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### Why there is much interest in the study of $\operatorname{Gal}\left(\overline{\mathbb Q}/\mathbb Q\right)$?

Let's start for a simple quote from wikipedia: "No direct description is known for the absolute Galois group of the rational numbers. In this case, it follows from Belyi's theorem that the ...
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### Intuition about structures in Galois Theory.

Background Often in mathematics I find we can ask "why" something is true. Of course, this is not a well defined question. However, it usually prompts answers that includes words like ...
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### Representation Theory versus Galois Theory. [closed]

At my university there is a debate about whether it is better to require students to have taken a class in Galois theory or to require a class in representation theory for admission into the graduate ...
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### Best book ever on Galois theory (and differential galois theory) [closed]

Which is the single best book for Galois theory (that includes differential Galois theory) that everyone who loves pure Mathematics should read?
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### Conceptual reason why a quadratic field has $-1$ as a norm if and only if it is a subfield of a $\mathbb{Z}/4$ extension?

I have convinced myself in a computation-heavy, ad-hoc way that a quadratic extension $K$ of $\mathbb{Q}$ occurs as the unique quadratic subfield of a $\mathbb{Z}/4$-extension of $\mathbb{Q}$ if and ...
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### Describing the impossibility of trisecting the angle to high school students.

Does anyone have an idea on whether it would be possible to present the proof of the impossibility of trisecting the angle (or doubling the cube, for example) in order to demonstrate the power of ...
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### What is going on in this degree 8 number field that fails to be a quaternion extension of $\mathbb{Q}$?

This is a soft but very mathematically hands-on question. Hopefully it will be interesting to more than just me. Thanks in advance for your help in thinking clearly about what follows. I have been ...
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### Intuitive reasoning why are quintics unsolvable

I know that quintics in general are unsolvable, whereas lower-degree equations are solvable and the formal explanation is very hard. I would like to have an intuitive reasoning of why it is so, ...
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### Self teaching Galois Theory

At uni, I did a module in group theory which I really enjoyed. I also did one on number theory which had aspects of rings and fields in it and I enjoyed learning this. Now that I have finished uni, I ...
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### Understanding Andrew Wiles proof of Fermat's last theorem [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: knowledge needed to understand Fermatâ€™s last theorem proof What are the prerequisites needed to understand wiles proof? Could someone sketch a roadmap of how it could be ...
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### Tips for finding the Galois Group of a given polynomial

I am currently in an introductory Galois Theory course, and I thought it would be nice to compile a list of standard tricks for finding the Galois Groups of certain polynomials. I am studying from ...