Symmetry and the Monster

Symmetry and the Monster: One of the greatest quests of mathematics

Non-Fiction, Languages & Reference, Dictionaries & Reference, Popular Science
Paperback Published on: 26/07/2007
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Synopsis

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.

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780192807236
  • Number of pages: 264
  • Weight: 204g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 18 mm

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