Mathematical Breakthrough!

The Exceptional Lie Group E8

248-dimension maths puzzle solved

The article is fascinating – the most complicated symmetrical structure has been mapped, the exceptional Lie group E8, taking 19 mathematicians four years – and three solid days of processing time on a Sage supercomputer.

“While mathematicians have known for a long time about the beauty and the uniqueness of E8, we physicists have come to appreciate its exceptional role only more recently,” commented Hermann Nicolai, director of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (the Albert Einstein Institute) in Germany.

“Yet, in our attempts to unify gravity with the other fundamental forces into a consistent theory of quantum gravity, we now encounter it at almost every corner.”

Here is the best site I found to explain what this international team of mathematicians did to map the E8:

http://www.aimath.org/E8/

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