Overview

Niels Henrik Abel

(1802—1829) Norwegian mathematician


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

(1802–29)

Norwegian mathematician who, at the age of 19, proved that the general equation of degree greater than 4 cannot be solved algebraically. In other words, there can be no formula for the roots of such an equation similar to the familiar formula for a quadratic equation. He was also responsible for fundamental developments in the theory of algebraic functions. He died in some poverty at the age of 26, just a few days before he would have received a letter announcing his appointment to a professorship in Berlin.

Subjects: Mathematics.


Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.