Howard Rowlee Lecture 2018

Symmetry in Mathematics


Symmetry and cohomology of groups in nature, in music, in first grade arithmetic, in crystallography. Groups in the nineteenth century: Gauss, Galois, Cayley. Groups in the twentieth century: relativity, quantum mechanics, Langlands program, classification of finite simple groups. Finite groups: representation theory, the group algebra, projective modules, Alperin’s conjecture.