Friday, April 13, 2007

Mathematicians Map E8

Just a line towards the end of a long degree accreditation day. (I am optimistically assuming that our degrees will be accredited :-))

This is by now old news, but I liked reading this report on the work that mathematicians in the Atlas project did to map the inner workings of one of the most complicated structures ever studied: the object known as the exceptional Lie group E8. Reading sentences like:

"The most important thing that we've done is written an algorithm which converts some very difficult abstract mathematics, the representation theory of real groups, into combinatorics which can be computed. This is a substantial accomplishment."


"In the process of taking these known mathematical results, and converting them into a computer program, we have deepened our understanding of the mathematics."

should be like honey to the ears of us computer scientists.

E8 in the news gives pointers to news coverage on the work that the people in the Atlas project did.

It is now time to join the discussion with our evaluation committee.

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