# Math Science Literature Lecture Series

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##### Speaker:

Robert Griess *- University of Michigan*

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**Title**: My life and times with the sporadic simple groups

**Abstract**: Five sporadic simple groups were proposed in 19th century and 21 additional ones arose during the period 1965-1975. There were many discussions about the nature of finite simple groups and how sporadic groups are placed in mathematics. While in mathematics grad school at University of Chicago, I became fascinated with the unfolding story of sporadic simple groups. It involved theory, detective work and experiments. During this lecture, I will describe some of the people, important ideas and evolution of thinking about sporadic simple groups. Most should be accessible to a general mathematical audience.

Written articles will accompany each lecture in this series and be available as part of the publication** “****History and Literature of Mathematical Science****.”**

The schedule will be updated as talks are confirmed.