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+ - MIT Simplifies the 248th dimmension by solving E8

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robacarp writes "After three years of dedicated work researchers at MIT solved the 110 year old E8 math problem — thus simplifying the 248th dimension. The solution "took researchers two years of 'pencil and paper' work and one more for software writing before the solution could be tackled by computer" and produced "a file 60 gigabytes in size" in "77 hours on the Sage supercomputer." Sadly the article also puts it in terms we can understand: "The calculation created a file 60 gigabytes in size, enough to store music that could play for 45 days in the MP3 format."

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