Audio / Video

Explorations in the Physics and Mathematics of Moonshine

  • 01:03:34

Description

"Monstrous moonshine" is a beautiful phenomenon first discovered in the 1980s, providing startling and unexpected relations between several fundamental objects in mathematics and the physics of a (rather peculiar) string theory. Very recently, physicists and mathematicians have started to uncover evidence of deep analogous "moonshine" connections between some of the more physically interesting solutions to string theory and important structures in group theory and number theory. In this talk, I describe in an elementary way some of the fundamental mathematical and physical objects implicated in the moonshine conjectures, and the surprising and as yet mysterious connections between them.

Details

Title

Explorations in the Physics and Mathematics of Moonshine

Creator

University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Physics

Published

Berkeley, CA, University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Physics, November 23, 2015

Full Collection Name

Physics Colloquia

Type

Video

Format

Lecture.

Extent

1 streaming video file

Other Physical Details

digital, sd., col.

Archive

Physics Library

Note

Recorded at a colloquium held on November 23, 2015, sponsored by the Dept. of Physics, University of California, Berkeley.

originally produced as an .mts file in 2016

Speakers: Kachru, Shamit.

Collection

Physics Colloquia

Tracks

colloquia/11-23-15Kachru.mp4 01:03:34

Linked Resources

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