### Episodes

Episode | First Broadcast | Comments |
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01 | 20080428 | Professor Mark Ronan, author of the book 'Symmetry and the Monster: The Story of One of the Greatest Quests of Mathematics', follows the discovery by the precocious Frenchman Evariste Galois of the 'building blocks' of symmetry. His legacy, published in 1846 - 14 years after his death in a duel, was to set the study of symmetry on a new course and start a new branch of mathematics called group theory. |

02 | 20080429 | Professor Mark Ronan charts the work of Norwegian mathematician Sophus Lie as he followed in the footsteps of Evariste Galois, discoverer of symmetry's building blocks. In his exploration of multi-dimensional geometry in the 1870s, Lie built on Galois' discovery and his work paved the way for 20th Century advances in theoretical physics. |

03 | 20080430 | Professor Mark Ronan follows the work, in the 1930s, of mathematician Richard Brauer, who was forced to leave Germany for North America by the Nazis. At Harvard, where he influenced a new generation of mathematicians, he brought the quest to understand symmetry closer to fruition. |

04 LAST | 20080501 | Professor Mark Ronan explains how in 1973 Bernd Fischer discovered a structure of 196,883 dimensions, otherwise known as the Monster. Thus symmetry had come together with the concept of string theory, enabling a much greater understanding of the construction of the universe. |