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Alef’s Corner
After Picasso 1955. Happy Passover to all our readers. More from Alef’s corner
Nostalgia corner: John Riordan’s referee report of my first paper
In 1971/1972 academic year, I was an undergraduate student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and toward the end of the year I wrote a paper about Abel’s sums. I sent it to John Riordan the author of the books … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, personal
Tagged Abel sums, John Riordan, Niels Henrik Abel, refereeing
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At the Movies II: Kobi Mizrahi’s short movie White Eye makes it to the Oscar’s short list.
Update: White eye have made it to the list of five Oscar candidates! Congratulations! My nephew Kobi Mizrahi is a well known movie producer and it was just announced that his short film “White eye” (עין לבנה) made it to … Continue reading
TYI38 Lior Kalai: Monty Hall Meets Survivor
For breaking news, scroll down. Lior Kalai: Survivor Meets the Monty Hall Puzzle We start with the classical question and go on with a new version contributed by my son Lior. Update: A few brief comments on the original problem … Continue reading
Posted in personal, Probability, Riddles, Test your intuition, Women in science
Tagged Karen Uhlenbeck, Lior Kalai, Monty Hall problem, Survivor
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AfterDinner Speech for Alex Lubotzky
An afterdinner speech given on November 9, 2016*, on Alex Lubotzky’s 60th birthday conference: 60 faces to Groups. As we all realized waking up this morning, today is a historic day*. It is the dinner day for Alex 60th‘s … Continue reading
Edmund Landau and the Early Days of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Some personal/historical remarks in first minutes of my lecture at 7ECM on July 2016… GermanJewish mathematicians in the early days of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Being invited to give a plenary lecture at the 7ECM was a great honor … Continue reading
Carmella Kalai (19262015)
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).
Ilan and me
With Ilan, my four month old grandson