The Horrible Ways Mathematicians Have Died

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A list of mathematicians who died under unfortunate or unfitting circumstances (note that these entries have been sorted by age at death):

Évariste Galois, 20 (1811-1832)
Presumably the youngest to qualify for inclusion on this list, Galois died at a meagre 20 years. He was shot in the stomach, and a full day later died, in hospital. The circumstances surrounding his death are not entirely known, only that he was killed in a duel. Speculation tends to indicate that the duel was motivated either by a matter related to his involvement with the radical Républicain movement, or by conflict arising from a romantic entanglement. The duel occurred only a month after his release from a six-month incarceration stemming from his disruptive political activities. Having predicted defeat, Galois jotted down what would become his mathematical legacy, on the eve of the duel. Sadly, his last words to his dear brother, Alfred:

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