Recent Comments

Recent Posts
 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).
Top Posts & Pages
 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?
 Lior, Aryeh, and Michael
 TYI 30: Expected number of Dice throws
 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
RSS
Category Archives: Taxiandotherstories
Fix a Horse Race…
GK (2019): Can you base world economy on horse races? Here is an old unpublished draft from 2008 that I did not complete, which was inspired by the economic crisis at that time. (It also felt a little over the … Continue reading →
Posted in Economics, Games, Rationality, Taxiandotherstories

Tagged 2008 economic crisis, Bill Benter, Robert Aumann, Taxiandotherstories

Leave a comment
Layish
This story is implicitly referred to in the 2008 opening post of this blog. ———– It was high time to raise the level of the discussion, I thought. Princeton, Fall 1995. We were a group of mathematicians at the IAS … Continue reading →
Which Street is More Important: Canner Street or Cold Spring Street
Is it possible that Cold Spring Street is as important as Canner Street? I knew Canner Street from my earlier visits to Yale but Cold Spring Street was new to me. Naturally, I assumed that Canner Street was the important … Continue reading →
Michal Linial: No Witches in Portugal
It gives me great pride to present: Michal Linial: March 2012 No witches in Portugal Landing in LISBOA, Portugal last night. I need to get to my hotel in Cascais. The nice lady in the tourist information ordered a … Continue reading →
Posted in Guest blogger, Taxiandotherstories

Tagged Michal Linial, Portugal, Taxiandotherstories

3 Comments
The Möbius Undershirt
“Look at this brand new undershirt,” my wife said. “I am shaking it and shaking it but still I have this twist. Can you see what to do?” I gave the undershirt a good shake. And another one. And one more. And … Continue reading →
Posted in Mathematics to the rescue, Taxiandotherstories

Tagged Mobius srtip, Taxiandotherstories, Topology, Undershirts

5 Comments
School Bus to Ramle
We had just come back to Israel from Palo Alto after spending a sabbatical year there and my child was starting school. I walked down with him to wait for the school bus. To my great surprise it was a yellow school … Continue reading →
A Little Story Regarding Borsuk’s Conjecture
Jeff Kahn Jeff and I worked on the problem for several years. Once he visited me with his family for two weeks. Before the visit I emailed him and asked: What should we work on in your visit? Jeff asnwered: … Continue reading →
Ulam and The Future of Mathematics
Ulam was scheduled to give a talk at the University of Chicago titled “The future of mathematics.” Stanislaw Ulam was a rather famous mathematician and a major player in building the Hbomb, so a large audience gathered.
The Intermediate Value Theorem Applied to Football
My idea (in my teenage years) of how to become a professional basketball player was a bit desperate. To cover for my height and my athletic (dis)abilities, I would simply practice how to shoot perfectly from every corner of the … Continue reading →
Coffee, Cigarettes, and Aggression
Upgrade to hell Getting an upgrade to business class on a flight to Amsterdam en route to NYC seemed splendid. But I soon discovered that I was upgraded to one of the two rows for business smokers. The person on … Continue reading →
Posted in Taxiandotherstories

Tagged Aggression, Coffee, KLM, Smoking, Taxiandotherstories

8 Comments