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Weird Stars!

What are stars? Despite their ubiquity in our universe, their praises often go unsung. A friend admitted to me once that he hadn’t realized — you know, really viscerally realized — that our sun was itself a star until he was in his twenties. From that moment forward, however, every glance at the night sky…

248 Dimensions

Here’s a beautifully esoteric piece of math news: a team of mathematicians has meticulously explored and completely mapped a hitherto-unknown 248-dimensional structure, called E8. The E8 is an example of a Lie Group, which represent the best developed theory of continuous symmetry of mathematical objects and structures. Lie Groups underlie any symmetrical object. From the…