The Pascal Mysticum is a configuration of points and lines that can be
constructed geometrically and combinatorially from the Pascal Lines of
the 60 hexagons formed by 6 points on a conic. The mysticum began as
a configuration of 95 points and 95 lines that were discovered by
Steiner, Plucker, Kirkman, Cayley and Salmon between 1829 and the
early 1850s. The figure was greatly expanded by Veronese in the early
1880s. In this talk, I will explain the mysticum and give new
(computer generated) proofs of some of its properties. The talk is
joint work with John Conway, he gave an earlier talk at the Courant
Seminar about an early stage of our project.
Bio: Alex Ryba is a finite group theorist. He got his PhD from the
University of Cambridge in 1985 and is currently a member of the
Computer Science Department at Queens College, CUNY.