SMS scnews item created by Leo Tzou at Sun 18 Mar 2018 2044
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 27 May 2018
Calendar1: 23 Mar 2018 1400-1500
CalLoc1: RC-4082, The Red Centre, UNSW
CalTitle1: Moonshine: Old and New
Auth: leo@121.212.27.216 (ltzo2369) in SMS-WASM

Joint Colloquium: Gannon -- Moonshine: Old and New

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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