Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics

Miranda Cheng in the spotlights with Umbral Moonshine theory

25 February 2015

In the past months, Miranda Cheng (KdVI and IoP) got a lot of attention on her Umbral Moonshine theory. Her discovery led to an ERC Grant, an interview in the NRC and an invited talk at the next European Women in Mathematics meeting.

The word moonshine, when used in mathematics, refers to an unexpected relation between two very different mathematical structures.

In 2013, a new and fascinating moonshine relation - named umbral moonshine - was discovered by Miranda C. N. Cheng together with her collaborators J. Duncan and J. Harvey. 

In December 2014 Miranda Cheng received an ERC starting grant for her project 'Moonshine and String Theory'. With the grant, dr Cheng will be able to further explore the mysterious 'moonshine relation' in the context of string theory.

Saturday 21 February the NRC Handelsblad payed attention to Miranda and her research and on Monday 12 January an article on this subject appeared in the French newspaper "Le Monde." She will also give a lecture on this topic at the next European Women in Mathematics (EWM) meeting on Wednesday 4 March 2015 in Utrecht. 

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