Author Archives: Gil Kalai

Serge Vlăduţ : Lattices with exponentially large kissing numbers

   (I thank Avi Wigderson for telling me about it.) Serge Vlăduţ just arxived a paper with examples of lattices in such that the kissing number is exponential in . The existence of such a lattice is a very old open … Continue reading

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Peter Keevash and Eoin Long: Forbidden vector-valued intersections

Peter Keevash and Eoin Long arxived some time ago a very nice paper:  Forbidden vector-valued intersections, which settled a problem that was first posed here on the blog. Here is the abstract. We solve a generalised form of a conjecture of Kalai … Continue reading

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Peter Keevash: More and Easier Designs!

Peter Keevash just posted on the arxiv a couple of new papers on designs. The first is a rewritten version of his original paper The existence of designs with a much simpler proof. The second paper The existence of designs … Continue reading

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Monday February 19: Quantum Coding and High Dimensional Expanders

Tonight at 8:00 Israel time TCS+ Dor Misner on 2-to-2 games.    On Monday, February 19, we will have a special day on “Quantum Coding and High Dimensional Expanders” organized by Gilles Zemor. Sandwiches will be served for lunch, alongside … Continue reading

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Alef’s Corner: There is Still a Small Gap in the Proof

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My Argument Against Quantum Computers: An Interview with Katia Moskvitch on Quanta Magazine

Quanta Magazine published an interview with me about quantum computers. It was a pleasure discussing this issue with Katia Moskvitch and I enjoyed also the photo session with David Vaaknin who also took a video of me explaining the importance of … Continue reading

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The Semester Break activities of the High Dimensional Combinatorics and Expanders Special Year

UPDATE: Schedule change! An additional workshop On February 5 and shift in dats of the others. Here is the calendar We have now at HUJI a semester break, but the special semester in High dimensional combinatorics and IIAS leaded by … Continue reading

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Akshay Venkatesh Lectures at HUJI – Ostrowski’s Prize Celebration, January 24&25

Thursday January 25, 14:15-15:45 Ostrowski’s prize ceremony and Akshay Venkatesh’s prize lecture: Period maps and Diophantine problems Followed by a Basic notion lecture by Frank Calegary 16:30-17:45: The cohomology of arithmetic groups and Langlands program Wednesday January 24, 18:00-17:00: Akshay Venkatesh … Continue reading

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Hardness of Approximating Vertex Cover, Polytope-Integrality-Gap, the Alswede-Kachatrian theorem, and More.

Lior Silberman asked about applications of the 2-to-2 game theorem to hardness of approximation, and James Lee answered mentioning applications to vertex cover. Let me elaborate a little on vertex cover, and other matters. (Here is the pervious post on … Continue reading

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Jacob Fox, David Conlon, and Benny Sudakov: Vast Improvement of our Knowledge on Unavoidable Patterns in Words

I heard a lecture by Benny Sudakov on the remarkable paper  Tower-type bounds for unavoidable patterns in words, by David Conlon, Jacob Fox, and Benny Sudakov.  Here are the slides, and let me let the slides speak for themselves. The problem

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