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Finding Moonshine: A Mathematician's Journey Through Symmetry

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Title: Finding Moonshine Binding: Paperback Author: Marcus Du Sautoy Publisher: Harper Collins Paperbacks
Paperback, 400 pages
Published 2009 by Harper Perennial (first published 2007)
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Maarten
Ik heb erg genoten van het Symmetrie-monster. Du Sautoy is een goede verteller en hij slaagt erin om verschillende verhaallijnen door elkaar gaande te houden. Hij heeft het over de zoektocht van groepentheoretici als Conway en Norton naar een allesomvattende classificatie voor symmetriegroepen en het mysterieuze monster dat erin verborgen ligt, maar ondertussen schetst hij ook een beeld van zijn eigen onderzoek en van het leven van een wiskundige (wat doen ze eigenlijk de godganse dag en zijn ze...more
Koen Van den Eeckhout
As with all popular scientific books on mathematics, the sometimes incredible stories about famous mathematicians in history are the most amusing part of the text. However, Du Sautoy often tries to take a different approach and talk more in depth about his own research or the great breakthroughs in the field of group theory and symmetry.

Unfortunately, he does this by avoiding any mathematical notations as much as possible, and he never goes into detail on the finer points of the theory, while s...more
Mark Wilson
Very enjoyable, as always du Sautoy is able to whet the appetite and spark enthusiasm for the mathematics without leaving the layperson behind, an impressive feat considering the complexity of the subjects he writes about. Some will find this too anecdotal and skimming the surface, but for those there are other books to read, this is enough to start wading in the shallows and to see some of the development in understanding symmetry, and is enough to change most peoples' view of the mathematics t...more
Simon Hampton
This is a truly lovely book, combining a history of the mathematical pursuit of the theory of symmetry with stunningly eloquent insights about the motivations of mathematicians. It's over 20 years ago that I recognised the need to move on from maths, but this was a moving reminder of the wonderful hours and days (and baths) spent getting my head around a problem.
Trever
A rather wonderful story through symmetry, the history of mathematics, and the enjoyment of watching children partake in math.

In my mathematics career some of my professors said that this can be related to symmetry like in my number theory class, but this book broke it down very well. Entertaining and worth the price for any math student or teacher.
Tapani Aulu
Upea matka symmetrian syvyyksiin. Must read matematiikkanörteille.
Elena
In generale e' troppo matematico per essere divulgativo, Mi son trovata a saltare un sacco di pagine per trovare le parti che anch'io potevo capire e che erano effettivamente molto interessanti prima di cadere in dettagli che mi passavano sopra la testa!
Shanthanu
Not the book you want to read if you want to know much about the Monster Group, or Monstrous moonshine, but a fun journey through some history of Math, and anecdotes about famous mathematicians.
Ian
I enjoyed this in the main. I have enjoyed Du Sautoy's TV programmes about maths and love his enthusiasm for his subject. I found this entertaining if a little challenging at times.
PJ
I learnt what a buckyball is, and the meaning of Coldplay's album cover for "X&Y".
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Marcus Peter Francis du Sautoy, OBE is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford.
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