A fascination with symmetric forms seems to be an innate feature of human perception and for millennia it has influenced art and natural philosophy. The concept of symmetry is one of the very few on which mathematicians and physicists agree, namely that Symmetry ≡ Groups. We describe some special symmetries and related problems including symmetric polynomials and monstrous moonshine.
Prof. Jiping Zhang is a Chair Professor and the Executive Director of the Shenzhen International Center for Mathematics at the Southern University of Science and Technology. Additionally, he is the Deputy Director of the Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research at Peking University. With a distinguished career, Prof. Zhang is also a Professor of Mathematics at Peking University.