Polymath5 – Is 2 logarithmic in 1124?

 Polymath5 – The Erdős discrepancy problem – is on its way. Update: Gowers’s theoretical post marking the official start of Polymath 5 appeared. Update (February 2014): Boris Konev and Alexei Lisitsa found a sequence of length 1160 of discrepancy 2 and proved that no such sequence of length 1161 exists. A SAT Attack on the […]

Four Derandomization Problems

Polymath4 is devoted to a question about derandomization: To find a deterministic polynomial time algorithm for finding a k-digit prime.  So I (belatedly) devote this post to derandomization and, in particular, the following four problems. 1) Find a deterministic algorithm for primality 2) Find a combinatorial characterization (and a deterministic algorithm) for generically 3-rigid graphs 3) Find an explicit construction […]

Vitali Fest

Last week I took part in a lovely and impressive conference on the state of geometry and functional analysis, celebrating Vitali Milman’s 70th birthday. The conference started in Tel Aviv, continued at the Dead Sea, and returned to Tel Aviv. I gave a talk on the last day of the conference and many of the nice things I […]

The Cap-Set Problem and Frankl-Rodl Theorem (C)

Update: This is a third of three posts (part I, part II) proposing some extensions of the cap set problem and some connections with the Frankl Rodl theorem. Here is a post presenting the problem on Terry Tao’s blog (March 2007). Here is an open discussion post around Roth theorem (March 2009). Here are two “open discussion” […]

Extremal Combinatorics on Permutations

  We talked about extremal problems for set systems: collections of subsets of an element sets, – Sperner’s theorem, the Erdos-Ko-Rado theorem, and quite a few more. (See here, here and here.) What happens when we consider collections of permutations rather than collection of sets? Not so much is known on extremal problems for families of […]

Polymath1: Success!

 “polymath” based on internet image search And here is a link to the current draft of the paper. Update:  March 26, the name of the post originally entitled “Polymath1: Probable Success!” was now updated to “Polymath1: Success!” It is now becoming clear that there are  three (perhaps four) new emerging proofs of DHJ. (April 2: See this […]

Frankl-Rodl’s Theorem and Variations on the Cap Set Problem: A Recent Research Project with Roy Meshulam (A)

Voita Rodl I would like to tell you about a research project in progress with Roy Meshulam. (We started it in the summer, but then moved to other things;  so far there are interesting insights, and perhaps problems, but not substantial results. Noga Alon contributed an important observation, and Jeff Kahn and Gabor Simonyi helpful comments.)   Roy and […]

Mathematics, Science, and Blogs

Michael Nielsen wrote a lovely essay entitled “Doing science online” about  mathematics, science,  and blogs. Michael’s primary example is a post over Terry Tao’s blog about the Navier-Stokes equation and he suggests blogs as a way of scaling up scientific conversation. Michael is writing a book called “The Future of Science.” He is a strong advocate of doing science […]