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one of the most symmetrical mathematical structures in the universe, calculated by 18 mathematicians over 4 years & generated by about 77 hours of supercomputer computation. as one of the most complicated of the "exceptional simple Lie groups" , "E8" describes the symmetries of a 57-dimensional object that can in essence be rotated in 248 ways without changing its appearance. according to the researchers, this "some sort of curvy, torus type of thing" ... "could well determine the deep inner structure of the universe".

see also ulam prime spiral & number spiral & math sculptures & lorenz manifold.

[links: aimath.org & aimath.org (pdf)|via nytimes.com & telegraph.co.uk]