Monthly Archives: January 2021

Peter Cameron: Doing research

Originally posted on Peter Cameron's Blog:
Probably every research mathematician has been asked the question, “How do you do mathematical research?” Some lay people think we simply figure out ways of doing bigger and bigger long multiplications. Many more…

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To cheer you up in difficult times 18: Beautiful drawings by Neta Kalai for my book: “Gina Says”

In 2009 I wrote a book “Gina Says” that appeared here on the blog, about the adventures of “Gina” in the blogsphere. In 2017 the book (edited and shortened a little) appeared in “world scientific.” The most important additions were … Continue reading

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Amazing: Simpler and more general proofs for the g-theorem by Stavros Argyrios Papadakis and Vasiliki Petrotou, and by Karim Adiprasito, Stavros Argyrios Papadakis, and Vasiliki Petrotou.

Stavros Argyrios Papadakis, Vasiliki Petrotou, and Karim Adiprasito In 2018, I reported here about Karim Adiprasito’s proof of the g-conjecture for simplicial spheres.  This conjecture by McMullen from 1970 was considered a holy grail of algebraic combinatorics and it resisted … Continue reading

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Igor Pak: What if they are all wrong?

Originally posted on Igor Pak's blog:
Conjectures are a staple of mathematics. They are everywhere, permeating every area, subarea and subsubarea. They are diverse enough to avoid a single general adjective. They come in al shapes and sizes. Some…

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To cheer you up in difficult times 17: Amazing! The Erdős-Faber-Lovász conjecture (for large n) was proved by Dong Yeap Kang, Tom Kelly, Daniela Kühn, Abhishek Methuku, and Deryk Osthus!

Dong Yeap Kang, Tom Kelly, Daniela Kühn, Abhishek Methuku, and Deryk Osthus have just uploaded a paper to the arXive, A proof of the Erdős-Faber-Lovász conjecture. (I am thankful to Nati Linial and Ryan Alweiss for telling me about it.) … Continue reading

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Open problem session of HUJI-COMBSEM: Problem #5, Gil Kalai – the 3ᵈ problem

This post continues to describe problems presented at our open problems session back in November 2020. Here is the first post in the series.  Today’s problem was presented by me, and it was an old 1989 conjecture of mine. A … Continue reading

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To cheer you up in difficult times 16: Optimism, two quotes

A timely quote “If there’s so much shit around, there has to be a pony somewhere.” Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things and Give me a couple of years free from other duties, and I shall complete the task … Continue reading

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