the back cover to DC Spotlight #1 by José Luis García-López

the back cover to DC Spotlight #1 by José Luis García-López

Picture perfect memories, scattered all around the floor

Reaching for the phone ‘cause I can’t fight it anymore

And I wonder if I ever cross your mind

For me it happens all the time

*It’s a quarter after one, I’m all alone and I need you now*

*Said I wouldn’t call but I’ve lost all control and I need you now*

*And I don’t know how I can do without*

*I just need you now*

*Another shot of whiskey, can’t stop looking at the door*

*Wishing you’d come sweeping in the way you did before*

*And I wonder if I ever cross your mind*

*For me it happens all the time*

The largest mathematical proof in history is generally considered to be the classification of finite simple groups. The proof consists of tens of thousands of pages, published in several hundred journal articles, by about 100 authors, mostly between 1955 and 2004. It states that every finite simple group is isomorphic to one of the following groups:

- a cyclic group with prime order;
- an alternating group of degree at least five;
- a simple group of Lie type;
- the 26 sporadic simple groups.

The diagram above gives an overview of the 26 sporadic finite simple groups and the relations between them. The largest group is called the Monster and has order 808017424794512875886459904961710757005754368000000000. Nineteen other sporadic groups are involved in the Monster as subgroups or quotients of subgroups; together with the Monster group itself they form the “happy family”. The other six groups have no connection with the Monster and are called the “pariahs”. An arrow in this diagram means that one group is a homomorphic image of a subgroup of the other.