Symmetry and the Monster: One of the Greatest Quests of Mathematics (BOK)

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.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2007 Forfatter Mark Ronan
Forlag
Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780192807236
Antall sider 272 Dimensjoner 12,9cm x 19,6cm x 1,8cm
Vekt 204 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form History of ideas, Popular mathematics, History of mathematics