The meaning of 196884 = 196883 + 1 (part I)
John Mckay, Concordia University
Abstract: I shall discuss my work over the past 25 years investigating the Monster - a finite group of order about 10^54 which is larger than the number of electrons in the earth. There is much still to be discovered and many outstanding computatonal problems. The history starts with the late neolithic period. The mathematics involves algebra and the classification of uniformizing functions on simple Riemann surfaces and much else.