Author Archives: Gil Kalai

Mathematical Gymnastics

For the long days of ICM 2014 lectures, and long flights to and from Seoul, some mathematical gymnastics is needed. And this is precisely what Omer Angel taught us in his recent visit. Combining gymnastic with a demonstration of parallel … Continue reading

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Media Item from “Haaretz” Today: “For the first time ever…”

Maryam Mirzakhani received the medal from South Korea’s president Park Geun-hye.  Here is an article from today’s Israeli newspaper Haaretz.  It is based on this article by the Guardian (Thanks, Manor!).  See also this post on Laba’s accidental mathematician and John Baez’ … Continue reading

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Jim Geelen, Bert Gerards, and Geoff Whittle Solved Rota’s Conjecture on Matroids

Gian Carlo Rota Rota’s conjecture I just saw in the Notices of the AMS a paper by Geelen, Gerards, and Whittle where they announce and give a high level description of their recent proof of Rota’s conjecture. The 1970 conjecture asserts … Continue reading

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Media items on David, Amnon, and Nathan

David Kazhdan, a very famous mathematician from my department with a super-human understanding of mathematics (and more) is recovering from a terrible bike accident. Here is an article about him from “Maariv.” (In Hebrew)   Amnon Shashua, a  computer science … Continue reading

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Next Week in Jerusalem: Special Day on Quantum PCP, Quantum Codes, Simplicial Complexes and Locally Testable Codes

Special Quantum PCP and/or Quantum Codes: Simplicial Complexes and Locally Testable CodesDay בי”ס להנדסה ולמדעי המחשב 24 Jul 2014 – 09:30 to 17:00 room B-220, 2nd floor, Rothberg B Building On Thursday, the 24th of July we will host a SC-LTC (simplicial complexes … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Ervin, János, Péter, and Zoli!

The four princes in summit 200, ten years ago. (Left to right) Ervin Győri, Zoltán Füredi, Péter Frankl and János Pach   In 2014, Péter Frankl, Zoltán Füredi, Ervin Győri and János Pach are turning 60 and summit 240 is a conference … Continue reading

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My Mathematical Dialogue with Jürgen Eckhoff

Jürgen Eckhoff, Ascona 1999 Jürgen Eckhoff is a German mathematician working in the areas of convexity and combinatorics. Our mathematical paths have met a remarkable number of times. We also met quite a few times in person since our first … Continue reading

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Test Your Intuition (23): How Many Women?

How many women can you find on this poster announcing the 25th Jerusalem School in Economics Theory devoted to Matching and Market Design? Please respond to the poll:

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Happy Birthday Richard Stanley!

This week we are celebrating in Cambridge MA , and elsewhere in the world, Richard Stanley’s birthday.  For the last forty years, Richard has been one of the very few leading mathematicians in the area of combinatorics, and he found deep, profound, and … Continue reading

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Influence, Threshold, and Noise

  My dear friend Itai Benjamini told me that he won’t be able to make it to my Tuesday talk on influence, threshold, and noise, and asked if I already have  the slides. So it occurred to me that perhaps … Continue reading

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