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 Call for nominations for the Ostrowski Prize 2017
 Problems for Imre Bárány’s Birthday!
 Twelves short videos about members of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Victoria
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 The Race to Quantum Technologies and Quantum Computers (Useful Links)
 Around the GarsiaStanley’s Partitioning Conjecture
 My Answer to TYI 28
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 Answer: Lord Kelvin, The Age of the Earth, and the Age of the Sun
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 Emmanuel Abbe: Erdal Arıkan's Polar Codes
 Polymath10, Post 2: Homological Approach
 Can Category Theory Serve as the Foundation of Mathematics?
 Polymath 10 Post 3: How are we doing?
 The Erdős Szekeres polygon problem  Solved asymptotically by Andrew Suk.
 Why Quantum Computers Cannot Work: The Movie!
 Polymath 10 Emergency Post 5: The ErdosSzemeredi Sunflower Conjecture is Now Proven.
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Category Archives: Controversies and debates
A Discussion and a Debate
Heavier than air flight of the 21 century? The very first post on this blog entitled “Combinatorics, Mathematics, Academics, Polemics, …” asked the question “Are mathematical debates possible?” We also had posts devoted to debates and to controversies. A few days ago, … Continue reading
Gina Says Part two
Download the second part of my book “Gina Says.” Link to the post with the first part. “Gina Says,” Adventures in the Blogosphere String War selected and edited by Gil Kalai Praise for “Gina Says” After having … Continue reading
Posted in Blogging, Controversies and debates, Gina Says
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Alarming Developments In Tel Aviv University
Update (July 24): A detailed new article in Hebrew and English. Dr. Leora Meridor, who replaced Dov Lautman in March (just four months ago) as chair of TAU’s executive council is quoted saying: ” I’d give him (Zvi Galil) a list … Continue reading
Chess can be a Game of Luck
Can chess be a game of luck? Let us consider the following two scenarios: A) We have a chess tournament where each of forty chess players pay 50 dollars entrance fee and the winner takes the prize which is 80% … Continue reading
Posted in Controversies and debates, Economics, Games, Law, Probability, Rationality
Tagged Chess, Gambling, Games of luck, Games of skill, Poker, Robert Aumann
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Links and Comments
The link L10n74 (click on the picture to see L10n74’s Braid representation, its Morse link presentation, its Alexander and Jones polynomials, its Khovanov homology, and more, much more.) Here are some links and further comments regarding the last four posts. (Mainly … Continue reading
Amazing Possibilities
Happy new 2009, everybody! An understanding of our fundamental limitations is among the most important contributions of science and of mathematics. At the same time, various fundamental limitations stated by many great minds turned out to be wrong, sometimes … Continue reading
Debates
Debates are fascinating human activities that are a mixture of logic, strategy, and show. Not everybody shares this fascination. The German author Emil Ludwig considered debates to be the death of conversation. Jonathan Swift regarded debates as the worst … Continue reading
Controversies In and Near Science
Controversies and debates in and around science – between researchers within the same discipline, between competing theories, between competing fields, and between accepted scientific viewpoints and viewpoints rooted outside science – are common. Is there global warming and is it … Continue reading
Detrimental Noise
“Imagine there’s no heaven, it’s easy(?) if you try,” John Lennon Disclaimer: It is a reasonable belief (look here, and here), and an extremely reasonable working assumption (look here) that computationally superior quantum computers can be built. (This post and the … Continue reading