When mathematicians study symmetry they use the theory of groups. The field underpins much of modern mathematics and is also hugely relevant to other areas — from physics to computer science. And although it's over two hundred years old, group theory is still a vibrant and dynamic area in which exciting things are happening right now.
This is why the Isaac Newton Institute (INI) in Cambridge is running a research programme called Groups, representations and applications (GRA), which focusses on the wealth of new results and directions in the area. To help you share in the fascination of group theory, and understand what the GRA programme is all about, we have put together the following collection of articles and podcasts [podcast to follow]. Enjoy!
We produced this collection of content as part of our collaboration with the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INI), an international research centre and our neighbour here on the University of Cambridge's maths campus. INI attracts leading mathematical scientists from all over the world, and is open to all. Visit www.newton.ac.uk to find out more.