The Rootsellers - Retelling the Galois Group of Quartic Polynomial

Benjamin Wells
Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science (2002)
Pages 235–246


Two classroom puppet shows, offered to students from the third grade through college, discuss simple aspects of a deep result in group theory: properties of the Galois group of a polynomial. In order to convey the artistic component for this account, diagrams of mathematical symmetry and algebraic structure with fanciful annotations illustrate the lessons of the shows. Readers may find resonance with these activities in their own work, or be inspired to include art in math classes.