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Readership: This book will appeal to readers of popular science and popular mathematics, both non-specialists and also specialists attracted by the biographical details and narrative of the quest for 'the Monster'
Mark Ronan, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Visiting Professor of Mathematics at University College, London
"Ronan unfolds his story with admirable verve and clarity... [His] exposition includes entertaining glimpses of the personalities involved in this extraordinary quest, but best of all gives an admirabe amount of detail concerning the actual substance of their work." - Peter Pesic. TLS
"...accessible, artfully written...it stresses the human side of the drama. Though I have been a long-time participant in the story, I found myself learning much in every chapter and not wanting to put the book down." - Robert L. Griess Jr.
"Ronan does a good job of describing the mathematics in broad strokes and giving a flavour of what is happening and - more importantly - why mathematicians get excited about these
questions." - The Mathematical Association of America
"This book tells for the first time the fascinating story of the biggest theorem ever to have been proved. Mark Ronan graphically describes not only the last few decades of the chase and the intriguing characters who led it, but also some of the more interesting byways, including my personal favourite, the one I called 'Monstrous Moonshine'." - John H. Conway, F.R.S.
"Ronan tells a good story, and in doing so he paints a convincing picture of how mathematicians conduct their research." - Gareth Jones, London Mathematical Society Newsletter
1: Theaetetus's Icosahedron
2: Galois: Death of a Genius
3: Irrational Solutions
5: Sophus Lie
6: Lie Groups and Physics
7: Going Finite
8: After the War
9: The Man from Uccle
10: The Big Theorum
11: Pandora's Box
12: The Leech Lattice
13: Fischer's Monsters
14: The Atlas
15: A Monstrous Mystery
Appendix 1: The Golden Section
Appendix 2: The Witt Design
Appendix 3: The Leech Lattice
Appendix4: The 26 Exceptions