Mathematics Colloquia and Seminars
(POSTPONED) Thurston Lectures: The Magic Dimensions 8 and 24Distinguished Lecture Series
|Speaker:||Dr. Henry Cohn, Microsoft Research|
|Start time:||Tue, May 19 2020, 4:10PM|
The exact solution to the sphere packing problem is known in only five cases: 1, 2, 3, 8, and 24 dimensions. What's so special about 8 and 24 dimensions? Why not, for example, 16? Or 4? That question remains somewhat mysterious. In this talk, we'll take a look at how sphere packing works, and we'll examine the proof techniques behind 8 and 24 dimensions.
Postponed to 2021