group theory

noun

Definition of group theory

: a branch of mathematics concerned with finding all mathematical groups and determining their properties

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Recent Examples on the Web The question has to be asked about all great mathematicians who died young (notably Évariste Galois, inventor of group theory, who died at 20 in a gun duel). Quanta Magazine, "Three Puzzles Inspired by Ramanujan," 14 July 2016

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First Known Use of group theory

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Group theory.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/group%20theory. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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