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 The Race to Quantum Technologies and Quantum Computers (Useful Links)
 Around the GarsiaStanley’s Partitioning Conjecture
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 Test your intuition 28: What is the most striking common feature to all these remarkable individuals
 R(5,5) ≤ 48
 Test Your Intuition (27) about the AlonTarsi Conjecture
 Thilo Weinert: Transfinite Ramsey Numbers
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 Polymath10: The Erdos Rado Delta System Conjecture
 In how many ways you can chose a committee of three students from a class of ten students?
 Is Mathematics a Science?
 Believing that the Earth is Round When it Matters
 Symplectic Geometry, Quantization, and Quantum Noise
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Author Archives: Gil Kalai
Proof By Lice!
From camels to lice. (A proof promised here.) Theorem (Hopf and Pannwitz, 1934): Let be a set of points in the plane in general position (no three points on a line) and consider line segments whose endpoints are in . Then … Continue reading
The seventeen camels riddle, and Noga Alon’s camel proof and algorithms
Three children inherited 17 camels. The will gave one half to one child, one third to a second child and one ninth to the third. The children did not know what to do and a neighbor offered to lend them … Continue reading
Edmund Landau and the Early Days of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Some personal/historical remarks in first minutes of my lecture at 7ECM on July 2016… GermanJewish mathematicians in the early days of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Being invited to give a plenary lecture at the 7ECM was a great honor … Continue reading
Boolean Functions: Influence, Threshold, and Noise
Here is the written version of my address at the 7ECM last July in Berlin. Boolean functions, Influence, threshold, and Noise Trying to follow an example of a 1925 lecture by Landau (mentioned in the lecture), the writing style is very … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, Computer Science and Optimization, Probability
Tagged Boolean functions
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Laci Babai Visits Israel!
I am sure that every one of the readers of this blog heard about Laci Babai’s quasipolynomial algorithm for graph isomorphism and also the recent drama about it: A mistake pointed out by Harald Helfgott, a new subexponential but … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, Computer Science and Optimization, Updates
Tagged graph isomorphism, Laszlo Babai
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Polymath10 conclusion
The Polymath10 project on the ErdosRado DeltaSystem conjecture took place over this blog from November 2015 to May 2016. I aimed for an easygoing project that people could participate calmly aside from their main research efforts and the duration of … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, Open problems, Polymath10
Tagged polymath10, sunflower conjecture
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Is HeadsUp Poker in P?
Five years ago I wrote a post entitled Is Backgammon in P? It was based on conversations with Peter Bro Miltersen and Uri Zwick (shown together in the above picture) about the computational complexity of computing the values (and equilibrium … Continue reading
The Median Game
Update: Apparently this game was invented already by Douglas Hofstadter who called it “Mediocrity” and it is published in Hofstadter’s book Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern. It is also called “Hruska.” (See here and here.) Ehud Friedgut … Continue reading
International mathematics graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
I am very happy to announce that a Ph. D program in mathematics for international students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is now open. Here is the link to the home page. About the program The Einstein Institute of … Continue reading
Posted in Academics, Teaching, Updates
Tagged Einstein Institute of Mathematics, Graduate program, Updates
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Polynomial Method Workshop
The workshop on the “polynomial method” will take place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Monday Dec 26 and Tuesday Dec 27. The event is organized by Jordan Ellenberg and Gil Kalai. Program: Monday 1011:45 (Combinatorics seminar) Adam Shefer – … Continue reading