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# Category Archives: Obituary

## Trees not Cubes! Memories of Boris Tsirelson

This post is devoted to a few memories of Boris Tsirelson who passed away at the end of January. I would like to mention that a few days ago graph theorist Robin Thomas passed away after long battle with ALS. … Continue reading

## Jean

Jean Bourgain and Joram Lindenstrauss. I was very sad to hear that Jean Bourgain, among the greatest mathematicians of our time, and a dear friend, passed away. I first met Jean about forty years ago and later we became friends … Continue reading

Posted in Analysis, Combinatorics, Computer Science and Optimization, Convexity, Number theory, Obituary
Tagged Jean Bourgain
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## Ricky and Branko

Two dear friends, and great geometers, Ricky Pollack and Branko Grünbaum passed away a few weeks ago. Ricky was a close friend that both Mazi my wife and I loved, and we were both fascinated by his wisdom, charm and … Continue reading

Posted in Combinatorics, Convexity, Geometry, Obituary
Tagged Branko Grunbaum, Ricky Pollack
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## Friendship and Sesame, Maryam and Marina, Israel and Iran

Happy new (Jewish) year everybody. Amazing scientific partnership between Jordan, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority, and Turkey SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) is a “third-generation” synchrotron light source that was officially opened in Allan (Jordan) on 16 May 2017. … Continue reading

Posted in Obituary, Updates, Women in science
Tagged Eliezer Rabinovici, Israel-Iran relationship, Marina Ratner, Maryam Mirzakhani, Sesame
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## Jirka

The Mathematics of Jiří Matoušek is a conference taking place this week at Prague in memory of Jirka Matoušek. Here are the slides of my planned talk on Maestro Jirka Matoušek. This post presents the opening slides for the conference … Continue reading

Posted in Combinatorics, Computer Science and Optimization, Conferences, Geometry, Obituary
Tagged Jirka Matoušek
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## Carmella Kalai (1926-2015)

My beloved mother Carmella Kalai passed away last week. With me, 1956 My father Hanoch Kalai, my mother Carmella, My sister Tamar (Tami) and me around 1957).

## Joram’s Memorial Conference

Joram Lindenstrauss 1936-2012 This week our local Institute of Advanced Study holds a memorial conference for Joram Lindenstrauss. Joram was an immensely powerful mathematician, in terms of originality and conceptual vision, in terms of technical power, in terms of courage to confront … Continue reading

## Andrei

Andrei Zelevinsky passed away a week ago on April 10, 2013, shortly after turning sixty. Andrei was a great mathematician and a great person. I first met him in a combinatorics conference in Stockholm 1989. This was the first major … Continue reading

## Benoît’s Fractals

Mandelbrot set Benoît Mandelbrot passed away a few dayes ago on October 14, 2010. Since 1987, Mandelbrot was a member of the Yale’s mathematics department. This chapterette from my book “Gina says: Adventures in the Blogosphere String War” about fractals is brought here on this … Continue reading

Posted in Geometry, Obituary, Physics, Probability
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## Itamar Pitowsky: Probability in Physics, Where does it Come From?

I came across a videotaped lecture by Itamar Pitowsky given at PITP some years ago on the question of probability in physics that we discussed in two earlier posts on randomness in nature (I, II). There are links below to … Continue reading

Posted in Obituary, Philosophy, Physics, Probability
Tagged Itamar Pitowsky, Philosophy of science, Physics, Probability
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