- 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
- Jozsef Solymosi is Giving the 2017 Erdős Lectures in Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science
- Updates (belated) Between New Haven, Jerusalem, and Tel-Aviv
- Oded Goldreich Fest
- The Race to Quantum Technologies and Quantum Computers (Useful Links)
- Around the Garsia-Stanley’s Partitioning Conjecture
- My Answer to TYI- 28
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- 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.
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Category Archives: Controversies and debates
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
“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
1. The “Center for Rationality” “Founded in 1991, the Hebrew University’s Center for the Study of Rationality [at first it was simply called “Center for Rationality”] is a unique venture in which faculty, students, and guests join forces to explore the … Continue reading