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Moonshine Link Discovered for Pariah Symmetries

In 1892, the mathematician Otto Hölder posed a question that would occupy the field for more than a century: Is it possible to make a periodic table of all finite symmetry? The answer, to which hundreds of mathematicians have contributed, is yes. But the taxonomy that emerged from this monumental effort has prompted both enlightenment and head scratching. 

Read more about the work by mathematicians and physicists, including former Members and Visitors Miranda ChengRobert L. Griess, Jeff Harvey, and Ken Ono, that could lead to an answer at Quanta


September 22, 2017