At just twenty years old, Galois was a cynic, a rebel, a republican and an anti-clerical. He was a partisan of the July Revolution in 1830 end regularly provoked the monarchy of King Louis Philippe (the French king who reigned during the period after the revolution).
In a sanatorium to which he was transferred in order to protect him from the cholera epidemic that ravaged Paris in 1832, he fell in love with a young girl. Her two brothers, claiming that he had brought dishonour upon their sister, challenged him to a duel.
The day before the duel, knowing he faced certain death, he feverishly and urgently wrote out what he called his secret : the theorem which would revolutionize Algebra and Analysis. The theorem is still a focus in the work of many mathematicians and in the research of various sciences, especially astrophysics.