Moonshine: Old and New

Speaker: 

Terry Gannon

Affiliation: 

University of Alberta

Date: 

Fri, 23/03/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Venue: 

RC-4082, The Red Centre, UNSW

Abstract: 

40 years ago John Mckay noticed that 196884=196883+1, and Monstrous Moonshine was born. In 1998 Borcherds won a Fields Medal primarily for his work explaining McKay's equation. 5 years ago string theorists Eguchi, Ooguri and Tachikawa observed that 90=45+45,
462=231+231 and 1540=770+770, and Mathieu Moonshine was born. These new equations have still not been explained. My talk will introduce you to these two moonshines.

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