Symmetry And The Monster: One Of The Greatest Quests Of Mathematics

Paperback | August 15, 2007

byMark 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 thefirst 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 tounderstand 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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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...

Mark Ronan is a Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and was Visiting Professor of Mathematics at University College London, having held previous academic positions in Berlin, in Braunschweig, and in Birmingham where he was Mason Professor of Mathematics in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In his early career he worked o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.71 inPublished:August 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192807234

ISBN - 13:9780192807236

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Table of Contents

Prologue1. Theaetetus's Icosahedron2. Galois: Death of a Genius3. Irrational Solutions4. Groups5. Sophus Lie6. Lie Groups and Physics7. Going Finite8. After the War9. The Man from Uccle10. The Big Theorum11. Pandora's Box12. The Leech Lattice13. Fischer's Monsters14. The Atlas15. A Monstrous Mystery16. Construction17. MoonshineAppendix 1: The Golden SectionAppendix 2: The Witt DesignAppendix 3: The Leech LatticeAppendix4: The 26 Exceptions

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a fascinating book that will appeal to anyone with an appetite for exploration and discovery, and which is accessble to all.