It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Thank you.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
originally posted by: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
a reply to: Peeple
There is a guy saying our "software" was modified so Y2K didn't happen (which is why we didn't get the 2012 thingy?? IDK, just not bothering to ask on that thread!).
The idea that these two far-flung areas of mathematics could be connected seemed so fantastic that it became known as moonshine. But more numerical “coincidences” started piling up, and eventually mathematicians figured out a deep reason for them: The monster group and the j-function are connected via string theory. In a particular 24-dimensional string theory world, the j-function’s coefficients capture how strings can oscillate, while the monster controls the underlying symmetry.
For decades, monstrous moonshine seemed like a one-off phenomenon. But in 2010, physicists started noticing that if they looked at groups related to certain 24-dimensional lattices, a raft of new numerical coincidences emerged. By 2013, Cheng, Duncan and the physicist Jeffrey Harvey of the University of Chicago had conjectured the existence of 23 more moonshines — one for each lattice — that included several more members of the happy family as well as other symmetry groups. Two years later, Duncan, Ono and the mathematician Michael Griffin proved that these moonshines do exist. But while moonshine gradually spread its beams further over the happy family, the pariahs remained in the shadows.
I have the reflexes of a cat!
Oh f#ing meow!
--George Carlin