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Date:  Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Location:  3866 East Hall (2:10 PM to 3:00 PM)

Title:  What is moonshine?

Abstract:   In mathematics, the term ``moonshine'' indicates a surprising connection between distinct areas of mathematics. The term originated in the late 70s concerning connections between the Monster sporadic simple group and the set of genus 0 function fields on the upper half plane. In this lecture, we briefly list about half a dozen moonshine phenomena, involving finite simple groups, number theory and Lie theory. I will describe a few points in detail An ``explanation'' of a moonshine phenomena would probably be some kind of mathematical context where all aspects of the phenomenon are visible and understandable. After three decades, there is hardly anything which qualifies as a real explanation.


Speaker:  Bob Griess
Institution:  Univ of Michigan

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