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 First third of my ICM2018 paper – Three Puzzles on Mathematics, Computation and Games. Corrections and comments welcome
 Preview: The solution by Keller and Lifshitz to several open problems in extremal combinatorics
 Basic Notions Seminar is Back! Helly Type Theorems and the Cascade Conjecture
 My Very First Book “Gina Says”, Now Published by “World Scientific”
 Itai Benjamini: Coarse Uniformization and Percolation & A Paper by Itai and me in Honor of Lucio Russo
 AfterDinner Speech for Alex Lubotzky
 Boaz Barak: The different forms of quantum computing skepticism
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 First third of my ICM2018 paper  Three Puzzles on Mathematics, Computation and Games. Corrections and comments welcome
 Answer: Lord Kelvin, The Age of the Earth, and the Age of the Sun
 Preview: The solution by Keller and Lifshitz to several open problems in extremal combinatorics
 Elchanan Mossel's Amazing Dice Paradox (your answers to TYI 30)
 TYI 30: Expected number of Dice throws
 Can Category Theory Serve as the Foundation of Mathematics?
 If Quantum Computers are not Possible Why are Classical Computers Possible?
 Eran Nevo: gconjecture part 4, Generalizations and Special Cases
 Polymath 10 Emergency Post 5: The ErdosSzemeredi Sunflower Conjecture is Now Proven.
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Monthly Archives: November 2010
Polynomial Hirsch Conjecture 5: Abstractions and Counterexamples.
This is the 5th research thread of polymath3 studying the polynomial Hirsch conjecture. As you may remember, we are mainly interested in an abstract form of the problem about families of sets. (And a related version about families of multisets.) The … Continue reading
Analysis of Boolean Functions
I discovered a vidiotaped lecture I gave at the Open University on the 3rd Israeli Theory Day. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbJe7ioCISM Posts related to this lecture: Noise Stability and threshold circuits; Noise stability lecture and tales; Nati’s influence.
Posted in Computer Science and Optimization
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Emmanuel Abbe: Erdal Arıkan’s Polar Codes
Click here for the most recent polymath3 research thread. A new thread is comming soon. Emmanuel Abbe and Erdal Arıkan This post is authored by Emmanuel Abbe A new class of codes, called polar codes, recently made a breakthrough in … Continue reading
Roth’s Theorem: Tom Sanders Reaches the Logarithmic Barrier
Click here for the most recent polymath3 research thread. I missed Tom by a few minutes at MittagLeffler Institute a year and a half ago Suppose that is a subset of of maximum cardinality not containing an arithmetic progression of length 3. Let . … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, Open problems
Tagged Endre Szemeredi, Jean Bourgain, Klaus Roth, Roger HeathBrown, Roth's theorem, Tom Sanders
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János Pach: Guth and Katz’s Solution of Erdős’s Distinct Distances Problem
Click here for the most recent polymath3 research thread. Erdős and Pach celebrating another November day many years ago. The Wolf disguised as Little Red Riding Hood. Pach disguised as another Pach. This post is authored by János Pach A … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, Geometry, Guest blogger, Open problems
Tagged Larry Guth, Nets Hawk Katz
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Aaronson and Arkhipov’s Result on Hierarchy Collapse
Scott Aaronson gave a thoughtprovoking lecture in our Theory seminar three weeks ago. (Actually, this was eleven months ago.) The slides are here . The lecture discussed two results regarding the computational power of quantum computers. One result from this paper gives an … Continue reading
Octonions to the Rescue
Xavier Dahan and JeanPierre Tillich’s Octonionbased Ramanujan Graphs with High Girth. Update (February 2012): Non associative computations can be trickier than we expect. Unfortunately, the paper by Dahan and Tillich turned out to be incorrect. Update: There is more to … Continue reading
Subexponential Lower Bound for Randomized Pivot Rules!
Oliver Friedmann, Thomas Dueholm Hansen, and Uri Zwick have managed to prove subexponential lower bounds of the form for the following two basic randomized pivot rules for the simplex algorithm! This is the first result of its kind and deciding … Continue reading