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Algebra can seem like an arid discipline, useful but unattractive.  However, appearances are in this case misleading.  On the contrary, there are beauties in algebra as compelling as the facets of a perfect gemstone.  It is not possible to fit a semester’s worth of a challenging subject into three short talks but I will try to show directions in which some beautiful results can be found.

The titles of the talks are –  

Monday, “The Cubic Equation, Rafael Bombelli and the Surprising Usefulness of √-1”.  

Tuesday, “The Complex Plane and the Roots of Unity.” 

Wednesday, “Finite Field Extensions:  What Euclid Didn’t Know About Constructing Regular Polygons.”

Any who wish to come are welcome.

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