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Category Archives: Convexity
From Oberwolfach: The Topological Tverberg Conjecture is False
The topological Tverberg conjecture (discussed in this post), a holy grail of topological combinatorics, was refuted! The threepage paper “Counterexamples to the topological Tverberg conjecture” by Florian Frick gives a brilliant proof that the conjecture is false. The proof is … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, Conferences, Convexity, Updates
Tagged Florian Frick, Issac Mabillard, Uli Wagner
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Around Borsuk’s Conjecture 3: How to Save Borsuk’s conjecture
Borsuk asked in 1933 if every bounded set K of diameter 1 in can be covered by d+1 sets of smaller diameter. A positive answer was referred to as the “Borsuk Conjecture,” and it was disproved by Jeff Kahn and me in 1993. … Continue reading
A Weak Form of Borsuk Conjecture
Problem: Let P be a polytope in with n facets. Is it always true that P can be covered by n sets of smaller diameter? I also asked this question over mathoverflow, with some background and motivation.
Around Borsuk’s Conjecture 1: Some Problems
Greetings to all! Karol Borsuk conjectured in 1933 that every bounded set in can be covered by sets of smaller diameter. In a previous post I described the counterexample found by Jeff Kahn and me. I will devote a few posts … Continue reading
The Combinatorics of Cocycles and Borsuk’s Problem.
Cocycles Definition: A cocycle is a collection of subsets such that every set contains an even number of sets in the collection. Alternative definition: Start with a collection of sets and consider all sets that contain an odd number of members … Continue reading
Nerves of Convex Sets – A Recent Result by Martin Tancer
Martin Tancer recently found a very beautiful proof that finite projective planes can’t be represented by convex sets in any fixed dimension. This was asked in the paper entitled “Transversal numbers for hypergraphs arising in geometry” by Noga Alon, Gil … Continue reading
Posted in Convexity
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Optimal Colorful Tverberg’s Theorem by Blagojecic, Matschke, and Ziegler
Pavle Blagojevic, Benjamin Matschke, and Guenter Ziegler settled for the case that is a prime, the “colorful Tverberg’s conjecture.” (Problem 6 in this post.) This gives a sharp version for Zivaljevic and Vrecica theorem, and crossed the “connectivity of chessboard complexes barrier”. Here is … Continue reading
Posted in Convexity
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Igor Pak’s “Lectures on Discrete and Polyhedral Geometry”
Here is a link to Igor Pak’s book on Discrete and Polyhedral Geometry (free download) . And here is just the table of contents. It is a wonderful book, full of gems, contains original look on many important directions, things that … Continue reading
Posted in Book review, Convex polytopes, Convexity
Tagged Convex polytopes, Convexity, Igor Pak, rigidity
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Buffon’s Needle and the Perimeter of Planar Sets of Constant Width
Here is an answer to “Test your intuition (8)”. (Essentially the answer posed by David Eppstein.) (From Wolfram Mathworld) Buffon’s needle problem asks to find the probability that a needle of length will land on a line, given a floor … Continue reading
Test Your Intuition (8)
Consider all planar sets A with constant width 1. Namely, in every direction, the distance between the two parallel lines that touch A from both sides is 1. We already know that there exists such sets other than the circle … Continue reading