Contemporary Mathematics 1996; 368 pp; softcover Volume: 193 ISBN10: 0821803859 ISBN13: 9780821803851 List Price: US$86 Member Price: US$68.80 Order Code: CONM/193
 "One of the great legacies of the classification of the finite simple groups is the existence of the Monster \(\ldots\) Work of Borcherds and FrenkelLepowskyMeurman led to the notion of a vertex (operator) algebra, which was seen to be the same as the chiral algebras used by physicists in conformal field theory\(\ldots\) The connections with physics have proven to be invaluable, and it seems likely that another branch of mathematics whose origins are eerily similar to those of moonshinethat is, elliptic cohomologywill turn out to be very relevant too.  from the Preface This volume contains the proceedings of a Joint Summer Research Conference held at Mount Holyoke College in June 1994. As perhaps the first conference proceedings devoted exclusively to the subject known as "Moonshine", this work contains something for many mathematicians and physicists. Features:  Results concerning the monster simple group and other simple groups.
 Connections with elliptic cohomology.
 Connections with 2dimensional conformal field theory.
 The role of operads.
 Connections with modular functions.
Much of Moonshine, the Monster, and Related Topics features new results not available anywhere else. Readership Research mathematicians and theoretical physicists interested in the connections among finite groups. Table of Contents  P. Bántay  Higher genus moonshine
 L. Dolan  Superstring twisted conformal field theory
 C. Dong, H. Li, and G. Mason  Some twisted sectors for the moonshine module
 A. J. Feingold, J. X. Ries, and M. D. Weiner  Spinor construction of the \(c=1/2\) minimal model
 K. Harada and M. L. Lang  The McKayThompson series associated with the irreducible characters of the monster
 T. Hsu  Some quilts for the Mathieu groups
 Y.Z. Huang  A nonmeromorphic extension of the moonshine module vertex operator algebra
 A. A. Ivanov  On the BuekenhoutFischer geometry of the monster
 T. Kimura  Operads of moduli spaces and algebraic structures in conformal field theory
 J. Lepowsky and R. L. Wilson  On Hopf algebras and the elimination theorem for free Lie algebras
 H.S. Li  Local systems of twisted vertex operators, vertex operator superalgebras and twisted modules
 K. Liu  Modular forms and topology
 Y. Martin  On modular invariance of completely replicable functions
 K. C. Misra  On embedding of integrable highest weight modules of affine Lie algebras
 S. Norton  The monster algebra: Some new formulae
 A. E. Ryba  Modular moonshine?
 G. W. Smith  Replicant powers for higher genera
 M. P. Tuite  Generalised moonshine and Abelian orbifold constructions
