Electronic Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate MathematicsNew Orleans, Louisiana, October 2831, 2004Paper C033
This is an electronic reprint, reproduced by permission of Pearson Education Inc. Originally appeared in the Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics, Edited by Joanne Foster, ISBN 0321437926, Copyright (C) 2006 by Pearson Education, Inc. 
The Insolvability of The Quintic and Its Implication to Technology 
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The proof of the insolvability of the general quintic equation is summarized, as given by group theory. Since no classical radical solution exists, we outline numerical solutions, like Newton's method, and direct graphing, and mention hypergeometric functions, and Hermite's method using elliptic modular functions.
Keyword(s): abstract algebra