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Category Archives: Open problems
Many triangulated threespheres!
The news Eran Nevo and Stedman Wilson have constructed triangulations with n vertices of the 3dimensional sphere! This settled an old problem which stood open for several decades. Here is a link to their paper How many nvertex triangulations does the 3 … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, Convex polytopes, Geometry, Open problems
Tagged Eran Nevo, Stedman Wilson
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Polymath 8 – a Success!
Yitang Zhang Update (July 22, ’14). The polymath8b paper “Variants of the Selberg sieve, and bounded intervals containing many primes“, is now on the arXiv. See also this post on Terry Tao’s blog. Since the last update, we also had here … Continue reading
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
Poznań: Random Structures and Algorithms 2013
Michal Karonski (left) who built Poland’s probabilistic combinatorics group at Poznań, and a sculpture honoring the Polish mathematicians who first broke the Enigma machine (right, with David Conlon, picture taken by Jacob Fox). Update: Here is a picture from 2015, while … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, Conferences, Open problems, Philosophy, Probability
Tagged Poznan, RSA
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Some old and new problems in combinatorics and geometry
Paul Erdős in Jerusalem, 1933 1993 Update: Here is a link to a draft of a paper* based on the first part of this lecture. Some old and new problems in combinatorial geometry I: Around Borsuk’s problem. I just came back from … Continue reading
Andriy Bondarenko Showed that Borsuk’s Conjecture is False for Dimensions Greater Than 65!
The news in brief Andriy V. Bondarenko proved in his remarkable paper The Borsuk Conjecture for twodistance sets that the Borsuk’s conjecture is false for all dimensions greater than 65. This is a substantial improvement of the earlier record (all dimensions … Continue reading
New Ramanujan Graphs!
Margulis’ paper Ramanujan graphs were constructed independently by Margulis and by Lubotzky, Philips and Sarnak (who also coined the name). The picture above shows Margulis’ paper where the graphs are defined and their girth is studied. (I will come back to the question … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra and Number Theory, Combinatorics, Open problems
Tagged Ramanujan graphs
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A Few Mathematical Snapshots from India (ICM2010)
Can you find Assaf in this picture? (Picture: Guy Kindler.) In my post about ICM 2010 and India I hardly mentioned any mathematics. So here are a couple of mathematical snapshots from India. Not so much from the lectures themselves but … Continue reading
Posted in Conferences, Open problems
Tagged Assaf Naor, Eric Rains, François Loeser, Günter Ziegler, ICM2010
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Looking Again at Erdős’ Discrepancy Problem
Over Gowers’s blog Tim and I will make an attempt to revisit polymath5. Last Autumn I prepared three posts on the problems and we decided to launch them now. The first post is here. Here is a related MathOverflow question. … Continue reading