Spokenworld Audio: Symmetry & The Monster
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4. Part Four
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<p>Professor Mark Ronan concludes the mathematical journey begun by the young Frenchman Galois in the 1830’s. Each successive generation of creative mathematicians has moved the quest further, and in 1973 Bernd Fischer discovered a structure of 196,883 dimensions. This was the Monster, and it was now that the mathematics of symmetry found a connection with the mathematical physics of string theory, encouraging one mathematician to hope that “Sometime in the 21st century physicists will stumble upon the Monster group, built in some unsuspected way into the structure of the universe.”</p>Thu, 23 Dec 2010 12:00:00 -0000http://store.ladbrokeradio.com/track/part-four-22010-12-23T12:00:00Z3. Part Three
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<p>In the 1930’s Professor Mark Ronan follows the mathematical journey to North America. Germany, which had become the centre of mathematical excellence, was stripped of much of its talent when the Nazis forced Jewish academics to join the diaspora or face far worse consequences. One of them was Richard Brauer, who went first to Toronto and then to Harvard, where he influenced a new generation of mathematicians, both in his adopted country, as well as Great Britain and Yugoslavia. The chase was speeding up as the 21st century approached.</p>Thu, 23 Dec 2010 12:00:00 -0000http://store.ladbrokeradio.com/track/part-three-22010-12-23T12:00:00Z2. Part Two
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<p>Professor Mark Ronan charts the quest of Norwegian mathematician Sophus Lie as he follows in the footsteps of the Frenchman Galois. Forty years after Galois, around the time of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870, Lie was in Paris, exploring multi-dimensional geometry and taking Galois’ discovery on to a new level. He dodged the conflict narrowly, moving around Europe until he eventually returned to Norway. His work was recognised as ground-breaking and in the 20th century led to advances in theoretical physics.</p>Thu, 23 Dec 2010 12:00:00 -0000http://store.ladbrokeradio.com/track/part-two-22010-12-23T12:00:00Z1. Part One
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<p>Mark Ronan, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and Hon. Professor of Mathematics at University College London, follows a journey that has preoccupied some of the greatest mathematical brains of the last two centuries. It begins with a discovery by the precocious Frenchman Evariste Galois, who was to be killed in a duel in 1832 at the age of 20. His legacy, published 14 years later, was to set the study of symmetry on a new course and start a new branch of mathematics called group theory, which leads in the fourth essay to the emergence of the Monster.</p>Thu, 23 Dec 2010 12:00:00 -0000http://store.ladbrokeradio.com/track/part-one-22010-12-23T12:00:00Z3602010-12-23T12:00:00Z