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Monstrous Moonshine

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Charles Ford, SLU

What
  • Colloquium
When Thu, Mar 25, 1999
from 01:10 PM to 02:00 PM
Where RH 128
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Abstract: The title of Dr. Ford's talk is taken from the title of a 1979 paper of Conway and Norton concerning the representation theory of the famous "Monster" group (a simple group of order approximately 1054) first constructed by R. Griess around 1980. Particularly interesting are the many similarities between genus zero subgroups of the modular group SL(2,Z) and the subgroups of the Monster. Some examples of these connections will be discussed, along with (time permitting) a brief introduction to Borcherd's techniques. The great majority of the talk will be accessible to undergraduate students - anyone wishing to know more about this exciting area of modern mathematical research is encouraged to attend.

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