Robert L. Griess, Jr. (University of Michigan)
Chebyshev Laboratory Colloquium
Thursday May 16 17:15 room 105 (14-th line V.I., 29)
In this talk, we begin with a brief description of the finite simple groups. The
sporadic groups are finite simple groups not in one of the traditional infinite
families, such as alternating groups, orthogonal groups over finite fields, etc. Five
Mathieu groups were discovered in the 19th century and the remaining 21 were
discovered in the period 1965 to 1975. Placement of the 26 sporadic groups in
mathematics is still puzzling. We shall discuss thoughts about the sporadic groups
from long past moments and recent times.
Everyone is welcome!