10. Galois theory

10. Galois theory#

10.1 The big question#

From Group theory ยง Permutation groups:

In many cases, the structure of a permutation group can be studied using the properties of its action on the corresponding set. For example, in this way one proves that for n โ‰ฅ 5, the alternating group A~n~ is simple, i.e. does not admit any proper normal subgroups. This fact plays a key role in the impossibility of solving a general algebraic equation of degree n โ‰ฅ 5 in radicals.