# Normal subgroup

Évariste Galois was the first to realize the importance of the existence of normal subgroups.^{[2]}

In the Rubik's Cube group, the subgroups consisting of operations which only affect the orientations of either the corner pieces or the edge pieces are normal.^{[12]}

The translation group is a normal subgroup of the Euclidean group in any dimension.^{[13]} This means: applying a rigid transformation, followed by a translation and then the inverse rigid transformation, has the same effect as a single translation. By contrast, the subgroup of all rotations about the origin is *not* a normal subgroup of the Euclidean group, as long as the dimension is at least 2: first translating, then rotating about the origin, and then translating back will typically not fix the origin and will therefore not have the same effect as a single rotation about the origin.