His book takes on something of the form of a historical detective story as he digs into the events surrounding Galois s death... A fine contribution to mathematical literature. --'Financial Times'
A lively addition to the small number of popular accounts of these climatic developments in mathematics. His tale is many-stranded. --'Times Higher Education Supplement'
Livio offers a heartbreakingly potted biography of Galois, whom he dubs the Lord Byron of mathematics ... an intellectual journey that is as circuitous as it is vertiginous... The Equation That Couldn t Be Solved excitingly exhibits the scope and reach of Livio s wide-ranging interdisciplinary curiosity. --'Jewish Chronicle'
'Leading Edge' (Radio 4)
"A look at brilliant figures who changed the way we approach maths."