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Moonshine beyond the Monster The Bridge Connecting Algebra, Modular Forms and Physics by Terry (University of Alberta) Gannon

Moonshine beyond the Monster The Bridge Connecting Algebra, Modular Forms and Physics

Part of the Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics Series


Moonshine beyond the Monster The Bridge Connecting Algebra, Modular Forms and Physics by Terry (University of Alberta) Gannon

This book was originally published in 2006. Moonshine forms a way of explaining the mysterious connection between the monster finite group and modular functions from classical number theory. The theory has evolved to describe the relationship between finite groups, modular forms and vertex operator algebras. Moonshine Beyond the Monster describes the general theory of Moonshine and its underlying concepts, emphasising the interconnections between mathematics and mathematical physics. Written in a clear and pedagogical style, this book is ideal for graduate students and researchers working in areas such as conformal field theory, string theory, algebra, number theory, geometry and functional analysis. Containing over a hundred exercises, it is also a suitable textbook for graduate courses on Moonshine and as supplementary reading for courses on conformal field theory and string theory.


Review of the hardback: 'Gannon wants to explain to us 'what is really going on'. His book is like a conversation at the blackboard, with ideas being explained in informal terms, proofs being sketched, and unknowns being explored. Given the complexity and breadth of this material, this is exactly the right approach. ... The result is informal, inviting, and fascinating.
MAA Reviews Review of the hardback:

'I personally feel that one-volume introductions to subjects of major mathematical interest and importance are invaluable, as collecting information from a variety of scattered sources and arranging it in an accessible way is a great service to those new to the field. This book does this very successfully and is a helpful contribution to the literature.'
Mathematics Today

About the Author

Terry Gannon is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. He is currently also Research Fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, EPSRC.

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Publication date

22nd April 2010


Terry (University of Alberta) Gannon

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Cambridge University Press


492 pages


Mathematical physics



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