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This is a picture of of the 248-dimensional Lie algebra of E8, credit AIM Physicists working to unify the mutually contradictory theories of quantum mechanics and gravity could have a new tool at their disposal, thanks to a group of mathematicians who met at the American Institute of Mathematics. The researchers have mapped …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Just another example of Vogan poetry...


  2. Rich Silver badge


    Dunno about 248 dimensions - I struggle with 3! I'm forever bumping into things and have always had a problem with the concept of 'up', especially after a pint or two.

    But credit where it's due; clearly a clever bunch of chaps and chapesses - congratulations to them all.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Wow, those blokes almost ran out of ASCII characters to represent the variables. I dread the day we have a 257 dimensional problem for the switch to Unicode will be swift and merciless.

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    I didn't know Sage had a supercomputer. Is it compatible with Line 100?

  5. Colin Jackson


    It's coming to something when a subject is so complicated I can't even understand the dumbed-down media rehash.

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