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 Remarkable: “Limitations of Linear CrossEntropy as a Measure for Quantum Advantage,” by Xun Gao, Marcin Kalinowski, ChiNing Chou, Mikhail D. Lukin, Boaz Barak, and Soonwon Choi
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Category Archives: Algebra
ICM 2022: Langlands Day
ICM 2022 is running virtually and you can already watch all the videos of past lectures at the IMU YouTube channel, and probably even if you are not among the 7,000 registered participants you can see them “live” on YouTube … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra, ICM2022, Number theory
Tagged David Kazhdan, Frank Celegari, ICM2022, MarieFrance Vignéras
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ICM 2022 awarding ceremonies (1)
Hugo DuminilCopin, June Huh, James Maynard and Maryna Viazovska were awarded the Fields Medal 2022 and Mark Braverman was awarded the Abacus Medal 2022. I am writing from Helsinki where I attended the meeting of the General Assembly of the … Continue reading
ICM 2018 Rio (5) Assaf Naor, Geordie Williamson and Christian Lubich
This is my fifth and last report from ICM 2018 at Rio. I will talk a little about the three Wednesday plenary talks by Assaf Naor, Geordie Williamson, and Christian Lubich. See here for other posts about ICM2018. (For the … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra, Analysis, Geometry, ICM2018
Tagged Alef's corner, Assaf Naor, Christian Lubich, Geordie Williamson
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Test your intuition 47: AGCGTCTGCGTCTGCGACGATC? what comes next in the sequence?
Before getting to the main topic of this post, first, Happy New Year 2022 and Merry Christmas to all readers, and second, a quick update: A community blog to discuss open problems in algebraic combinatorics was created. Everybody is invited … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra, Combinatorics, Geometry, Test your intuition
Tagged Oberwolfach, Test your intuition
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To cheer you up in difficult times 33: Deep learning leads to progress in knot theory and on the conjecture that KazhdanLusztig polynomials are combinatorial.
One of the exciting directions regarding applications of computers in mathematics is to use them to experimentally form new conjectures. Google’s DeepMind launched an endeavor for using machine learning (and deep learning in particular) for finding conjectures based on data. Two … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra, Combinatorics, Geometry, What is Mathematics
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To cheer you up in difficult times 27: A major recent “Lean” proof verification
“Lean is a functional programming language that makes it easy to write correct and maintainable code. You can also use Lean as an interactive theorem prover.” (See Lean’s homepage and see here for an introduction to lean.) Kevin Buzzard’s blog … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra, Updates, What is Mathematics
Tagged Kevin Buzzard, Lean, Peter Scholze
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To cheer you up in difficult times 25: some mathematical news! (Part 2)
Topology Quasipolynomial algorithms for telling if a knot is trivial Marc Lackenby announced a quasipolynomial time algorithm to decide whether a given knot is the unknot! This is a big breakthrough. This question is known to be both in NP … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra, Combinatorics, Geometry, Number theory
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To cheer you up in difficult times 21: Giles Gardam lecture and new result on Kaplansky’s conjectures
There is a very famous conjecture of Irving Kaplansky that asserts that the group ring of a torsion free group does not have zerodivisors. Given a group G and a ring R, the group ring R[G] consists of formal (finite) … Continue reading
Amazing: Simpler and more general proofs for the gtheorem 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 gconjecture for simplicial spheres. This conjecture by McMullen from 1970 was considered a holy grail of algebraic combinatorics and it resisted … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra, Combinatorics, Geometry
Tagged gconjecture, Hilda Geiringer, Karim Adiprasito, Stavros Argyrios Papadakis, Vasiliki Petrotou
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To cheer you up in difficult times 13: Triangulating real projective spaces with subexponentially many vertices
Wolfgang Kühnel Today I want to talk about a new result in a newly arXived paper: A subexponential size by Karim Adiprasito, Sergey Avvakumov, and Roman Karasev. Sergey Avvakumov gave about it a great zoom seminar talk about the result … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra, Combinatorics, Geometry
Tagged Karim Adiprasito, Roman Karasev, Sergey Avvakumov, Wolfgang Kuhnel
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