What Was The Question Again?

A team of mathematicians claims to have solved a 120-year-old puzzle about a theoretical object with 248 dimensions known as the “Lie group E8.” The solution is so complicated that the handwritten solution would cover the Manhattan, and if you wanted it in digital form would take days to download. Lightyears if you’re still on dial-up. The project’s leader says “many mathematicians can’t understand” what the object even is. And there are reportedly no obvious practical applications for the solution. Now if they could only put that much energy into figuring out why we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway.

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