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Young symmetrizers…on a tablecloth

Will Donovan - tablecloth mathsWill Donovan temporarily transformed his dining room table in London into a whiteboard using a plastic tablecloth. Here he’s trying to understand “Young symmetrizers“, which correspond to the grids of boxes that he’s sketched. These can be used in the representation theory of symmetric groups, to help us understand the possible types of symmetry that can be associated to objects in space. And they also have interesting algebraic properties all of their own…

To see more of Will’s mathematics, check out his gallery where he has posted many many photos of his changing black/whiteboards over the years.


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