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Datebook: October 25 – Evariste Galois turns 200

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Évariste Galois was a French mathematician born on October 25, 1811 (and died May 31, 1832). As a teenager, he laid the foundations for Galois theory, a major branch of abstract algebra, and the subfield of Galois connections. He was the first to use the word “group” as a technical term in mathematics to represent a group of permutations. He was an outspoken radical Republican and died from wounds suffered in a duel, which involved Alexandre Dumas, at the age of twenty. He’s made several contributions to algebra, but his most notable contribution is Galois theory, in which an algebraic solution to a polynomial equation is related to the structure of a group of permutations associated with the roots of the polynomial.

(It’s also the 130th birthday of Pablo Picasso, but everyone knows that!)

It’s Tuesday, October 25

The Markethouse Theatre in Paducah continues auditions for Escanaba in da Moonlight tonight at 6:30 in the main theatre. The 5 men and one woman cast engage a hunting story complete with crude hunting humor and thick Upper Michigan accents. Performances are January 12 through the 22nd. See mhtplay.com for more.

Marching bands from Heath, Lone Oak and Reidland high schools converge on Lone Oak’s Flash Field at 7 p.m. Thursday for the McCracken County Marching Band Community Showcase. Hear Back to 1975, Westward Ho, Wicked – The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and a group rendition of America closing the showcase.

Randy Johnson directs the classic thriller Wait Until Dark at Murray’s Playhouse in the Park. Shows are at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday with a 2:30 matinee Sunday. Purchase tickets at playhouseinthepark.net. A conman and two ex-convicts meet their match in a blind woman who evens the playing field in this cat and mouse game.

Thanks for listening and contributing at wkms.org!

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