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December 1, 2023

Seminar on This Week’s Finds

Posted by John Baez

I wrote 300 issues of a column called This Week’s Finds, where I explained math and physics. In the fall of 2022 I gave ten talks based on these columns. I just finished giving eight more! Now I’m done.

Here you can find videos of these talks, and some lecture notes:

Topics include Young diagrams and the representation theory of classical groups, Dynkin diagrams and the classification of simple Lie groups, quaternions and octonions, the threefold way, the periodic table of nn-categories, the 3-strand braid group, combinatorial species, and categorifying the harmonic oscillator.

If my website dies, maybe these lectures will still survive on my YouTube playlist.

Posted at December 1, 2023 4:01 PM UTC

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