Feit-Thompson Theorem/Historical Note

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Historical Note on Feit-Thompson Theorem

The Feit-Thompson Theorem originated as a conjecture of William Burnside in the $1911$ edition of his Theory of Groups of Finite Order, 2nd ed..

He had previously raised the question in the first ($1897$) edition of that work about the existence or not of a non-abelian simple group of odd order without actually predicting the outcome.

The question was settled by Walter Feit and John Griggs Thompson in their $1963$ paper in Pacific Journal of Mathematics.