Got in a dual with this other guy over a girl, and he lost the dual. He was so smart that he came up with all these theorems and he tried to have finished all of them before the dual because he knew he was probably not going to win the dual. I think he was French. He was not able to finish the proofs of his theorems, but he was very smart and coming up with tons of mathematical theorems before the dual.

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I believe you are referring to Évariste Galois. Évariste was a French mathematician born in Bourg-la-Reine. While still in his teens, he was able to determine a necessary and sufficient condition for a polynomial to be solvable by radicals, thereby solving a long-standing problem. His work laid the foundations for Galois theory, a major branch of abstract algebra, and the subfield of Galois connections. Unfortunately, he died from wounds suffered in a duel under shadowy circumstances at the age of 20.

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