Monthly Archives: September 2019

Test Your Intuition 40: What Are We Celebrating on Sept, 28, 2019? (And answer to TYI39.)

Update: We are celebrating 10 years anniversary to Mathoverflow Domotorp got the answer right. congratulations, Domotorp! To all our readers: Shana Tova Umetuka –  שנה טובה ומתוקה – Happy and sweet (Jewish) new year.

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Quantum computers: amazing progress (Google & IBM), and extraordinary but probably false supremacy claims (Google).

A 2017 cartoon from this post. After the embargo update (Oct 25): Now that I have some answers from the people involved let me make a quick update: 1) I still find the paper  unconvincing, specifically, the verifiable experiments (namely experiments … Continue reading

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Jeff Kahn and Jinyoung Park: Maximal independent sets and a new isoperimetric inequality for the Hamming cube.

Three isoperimetric papers by Michel Talagrand (see the end of the post) Discrete isoperimetric relations are of great interest on their own and today I want to tell you about a new  isoperimetric inequality by Jeff Kahn and Jinyoung Park … Continue reading

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Alef’s corner: Bicycles and the Art of Planar Random Maps

The artist behind Alef’s corner has a few mathematical designs and here are two new ones. (See Alef’s  website offering over 100 T-shirt designs.)   which was used for the official T-shirt for Jean-François Le Gall’s birthday conference. See also … Continue reading

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Paul Balister, Béla Bollobás, Robert Morris, Julian Sahasrabudhe, and Marius Tiba: Flat polynomials exist!

Béla Bollobás and Paul Erdős at the University of Cambridge in 1990. Credit George Csicsery (from the 1993 film “N is a Number”) (source) (I thank Gady Kozma for telling me about the result.) An old problem from analysis with a … Continue reading

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Computer Science and its Impact on our Future

A couple of weeks ago I told you about Avi Wigderson’s vision on the connections between the theory of computing and other areas of mathematics on the one hand and between computer science and other areas of science, technology and … Continue reading

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Richard Ehrenborg’s problem on spanning trees in bipartite graphs

Richard Ehrenborg with a polyhedron In the Problem session last Thursday in Oberwolfach, Steve Klee presented a beautiful problem of Richard Ehrenborg regarding the number of spanning trees in bipartite graphs. Let be a bipartite graph with vertices on one … Continue reading

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