Finding Moonshine: A Mathematician’s Journey through Symmetry

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Marcus du Sautoy

18 Jun 2008; Science Oxford.

From the sphere to the swastika, from the pyramid to the pentagon, our eyes and minds are drawn to symmetrical objects. symmetry is central to the key ideas in subjects ranging from architecture to zoology.

Marcus du Sautoy (The Music of the Primes) will take a unique look into the mathematical mind as he explores how research into symmetry has culminated in the discovery of “The Monster” a shape with more symmetries than there are atoms in the sun.

 

 

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