Colloquium
3:30 p.m., Friday
Math 100
Dr. Terry Gannon
University of Alberta
Monstrous Moonshine
In 1978 John McKay noticed that 196884=196883+1. The first
number is the first interesting coefficient of the jfunction,the canonical
generator of the modular functions. 196883 is the first interesting
dimension of an irreducible representation of the Monster finite simple
group. Monstrous moonshine is a collection of conjectures created to try
to understand and generalise McKay's fact. The main conjecture was finally
proved by Borcherds, and was one of the reasons for him being awarded a
Fields Medal in August. This talk  an introduction to Monstrous
Moonshine  is intended for a general mathematical audience.
Refreshments will be served in Math Annex Room 1115, 3:15 p.m.
