Symmetry and the Monster One of the Greatest Quests of Mathematics

ISBN-10: 0192807234

ISBN-13: 9780192807236

Edition: 2006

Authors: Mark Ronan

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Imagine a giant snowflake in 196,884 dimensions... This is the story of a mathematical quest that began two hundred years ago in revolutionary France, led to the biggest collaboration ever between mathematicians across the world, and revealed the 'Monster' - not monstrous at all, but a structure of exquisite beauty and complexity. Told here for the first time in accessible prose, it is a story that involves brilliant yet tragic characters, curious number 'coincidences' that led to breakthroughs in the mathematics of symmetry, and strange crystals that reach into many dimensions. And it is a story that is not yet over, for we have yet to understand the deep significance of the Monster - and its tantalizing hints of connections with the physical structure of spacetime. Once we understand the full nature of the Monster, we may well have revealed a whole new and deeper understanding of the nature of our Universe.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/4/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Mark Ronanis Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Honorary Professor of Mathematics at University College, London. He is the author ofSymmetry and the Monster.

Prologue
Theaetetus's Icosahedron
Galois: Death of a Genius
Irrational Solutions
Groups
Sophus Lie
Lie Groups and Physics
Going Finite
After the War
The Man from Uccle
The Big Theorem
Pandora's Box
The Leech Lattice
Fischer's Monsters
The Atlas
A Monstrous Mystery
Construction
Moonshine
Notes
The Golden Section
The Witt Design
The Leech Lattice
The 26 Exceptions
Glossary
Index
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