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Math

Submission + - 248 Dimensional Object Mapped

xaositects writes: Looks like a lot of researchers with a lot of single-minded focus have broken the E8 problem.
From the article: 'A total of 18 mathematicians and computer scientists from several countries worked for four years to successfully map the inner working of E8 — one of the most complicated structures in math, a 248-dimensional object. The findings were reported today by the American Institute of Mathematics.'

I don't know about you, but the thought of 248 dimensions makes my brain hurt. Apparently the solution to the problem 'would ink an area the size of Manhattan if written out in small print.'

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