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Press Release 07-029
A Mathematical Solution for Another Dimension

New tool could drive breakthroughs in several disciplines

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The E8 root system consists of 240 vectors in an 8-dimensional space.

The E8 root system consists of 240 vectors in an 8-dimensional space. Those vectors are the vertices (corners) of an 8-dimensional object called the Gosset polytope 421. In the 1960s, Peter McMullen drew by hand a 2-dimensional representation of the Gosset polytope 421. This image was computer generated by John Stembridge, based on McMullen's drawing.

Credit: John Stembridge, University of Michigan


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The Atlas project members

The Atlas project members

Credit: American Institute of Mathematics


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Atlas of Lie Groups Project members Fokko du Cloux (left) and Jeffrey Adams discuss E8.

Atlas of Lie Groups Project members Fokko du Cloux (left) and Jeffrey Adams discuss E8 at the 2005 Atlas conference at the American Institute of Mathematics.

Credit: Wai Ling Yee


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