MAT103

Franklin College

Erich Prisner

### Writing Project 37:

# Abel and the impossibility of the quintic formula

For centuries, mathematicians were looking for the quintic formula, a general
formula for the solutions of quintic equations (finding zeros of polynomials of
degree 5). Describe how Abel spoilt these hopes. Also give a brief overview of
his life, as well as a description of certain special cases (of quintic
equations) that can be solved.