Meet Évariste Galois.

Who is this dashing son of a bitch? He’s a budding mathematician, born in 1811 in France. Smart as hell, he greatly contributed to the branches of abstract algebra in what are now called Galois theory and group theory. All of this before age 20!

Galois was hard into politics. This was a period of heavily turmoil in France, as history buffs will tell you, and Galois was a firebrand since his early days, getting suspended from school. When he was 18, his father committed suicide after a heated argument with a priest. Over the years, Galois was accused of threatening the King, protested and was arrested, and this whole time, he kept working on his maths.

At age 20, Galois offered to duel for a woman he had some affection for. At some point prior to the duel, he realized this was all a terrible idea, but unwilling to back out, he spent his last night on earth polishing up his theorems and sending them to friends. He was predictably shot (possibly as a result of too little sleep?) and died shortly after, refusing the priest’s last rites.

Now you know that he existed.

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