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Cutting and pasting in Galois theory

I want to ask who was the first to use cut-paste construction in Galois theory. This question is motivated from the trend in contemporary Galois theory to use patching methods to construct Galois ...
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Historical basis and mathematical significance of Riemann surfaces [closed]

It is written in Riemann Surfaces (Oxford Graduate Texts in Mathematics) by Simon Donaldson, that: "[t]he theory of Riemann surfaces occupies a very special place in mathematics. It is a culmination ...
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Residual finiteness of fundamental groups of surfaces.

What is a simple way to prove that for any compact two-dimensional surface $S$ and an element $g$ in $\mathbb \pi_1(S)$ there exists a finite index normal subgroup $\Gamma\subset \pi_1(S)$ such that ...