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Évariste Galois ou le roman du mathématicien

Abstract : Évariste Galois is not only a major protagonist of the history of mathematics, being frequently depicted in historical and biographical accounts. During the 20th century he also became a hero within fictional genres such as novels, short stories, plays and films. The literary writers had to meet specific challenges since the literary form and the mathematical subject do not easily converge. In order to describe the incompatibilities of the poetic and the historiographic requirements and approaches we give an account of the literary treatments of Galois (or his similes) in French, German, British, and US-American literature. The comparative analysis of texts by Leo Perutz, Bruno Aberro, Leopold Infeld, Alexandre Arnoux, André Dalmas, Thomas Pynchon, Alexandre Astruc, Pierre Berloquin, and others shows, that the boundary between the historical and the romantic narratives is permeable. Both the non-fictional and the fictional genres contributed equally to the transformation of the historical figure Galois into a myth and a cultural icon.
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Anne-Gaëlle Weber, Andrea Albrecht. Évariste Galois ou le roman du mathématicien. Revue d'Histoire des Mathématiques, Society Math De France, 2011, 17 (2), pp.403-435. ⟨10.24033/rhm.164⟩. ⟨hal-03771082⟩



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