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 TYI 41: How many steps does it take for a simple random walk on the discrete cube to reach the uniform distribution?
 Gil’s Collegial Quantum Supremacy Skepticism FAQ
 Amazing! Keith Frankston, Jeff Kahn, Bhargav Narayanan, Jinyoung Park: Thresholds versus fractional expectationthresholds
 Starting today: Kazhdan Sunday seminar: “Computation, quantumness, symplectic geometry, and information”
 The story of Poincaré and his friend the baker
 Gérard Cornuéjols’s baker’s eighteen 5000 dollars conjectures
 Noisy quantum circuits: how do we know that we have robust experimental outcomes at all? (And do we care?)
 Test Your Intuition 40: What Are We Celebrating on Sept, 28, 2019? (And answer to TYI39.)
 Quantum computers: amazing progress (Google & IBM), and extraordinary but probably false supremacy claims (Google).
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 Gil's Collegial Quantum Supremacy Skepticism FAQ
 TYI 41: How many steps does it take for a simple random walk on the discrete cube to reach the uniform distribution?
 TYI 30: Expected number of Dice throws
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 Elchanan Mossel's Amazing Dice Paradox (your answers to TYI 30)
 Quantum computers: amazing progress (Google & IBM), and extraordinary but probably false supremacy claims (Google).
 Amazing: Hao Huang Proved the Sensitivity Conjecture!
 Jeff Kahn and Jinyoung Park: Maximal independent sets and a new isoperimetric inequality for the Hamming cube.
 Aubrey de Grey: The chromatic number of the plane is at least 5
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Category Archives: Mathematics to the rescue
TYI 39 : Can a coalition of children guarantees all being in the same class?
There is a class of children that have just finished elementary school. Now they all move from elementary school to high school and classes are reshuffled. Each child lists three friends, and the assignment of children into classes ensures that … Continue reading
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Angry Birds Update
Angry birds peace treaty by Eretz Nehederet Arqade A few years ago I became interested in the question of whather new versions of the computer game “Angry Birds” gradually makes it easier to get high scores. Devoted to the idea of … Continue reading
In how many ways you can chose a committee of three students from a class of ten students?
The renewed interest in this old post, reminded me of a more recent event: Question: In how many ways you can chose a committee of three students from a class of ten students? My expected answer: which is 120. Alternative … Continue reading
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Another way to Revolutionize Football
The angle of Victoria Beckham’s hat (here in a picture from a recent wedding) is closely related to our previous post on football One of the highlights of the recent Newton Institute conference on discrete harmonic analysis was a football … Continue reading
Believing that the Earth is Round When it Matters
A world map. Canada seems much bigger than Israel. Note, however, that in the map countries near the equator looks smaller than they are. Update: The roundearth hypothesis is clearer to the people of New Zealand; see the comments section. … Continue reading
Mathematics to the Rescue: Computing the Root of all Evil
Michael Joswig pointed my attention to the following unbelievable front page of the Frankfurter Allgemeine.
What can the Second Prize Possibly be?
You are guaranteed to win one of the following five prizes, the letter says. (And it is completely free! Just 6 dollars shipping and handling.) a) a highdefinition hugescreen TV, b) a video camera, c) a yacht, d) a decorative … Continue reading