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When is the degree of this number 3?

I am helping a friend of mine, that works in history of mathematics. She is studying the story of the solution of the cubic equation by Cardano. Sometimes she asks me some mathematical questions, that ...
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Can Fuchsian functions solve the general equation of degree n?

In the classic textbook Introduction to the Theory of Equations (Conkwright, 1941), on p. 85, the author writes that “the algebraic solution of the general equation of degree n is impossible if n is ...