Enlightenment at a red traffic light
Wolf Prize laureate Prof. George Daniel Mostow made his greatest scientific breakthrough while driving.
Haaretz tells the story of how Dan Mostow reached his breakthrough known as Mostow’s rigidity theorem.
French-Isreali Meeting and Günterfest
More updates: If you are in Paris On Wednesday and Thursday this week there will be a lovely French-Isreali interacademic meeting on mathematics. The problem is very interesting, and I will give a talk quite similar to my recent MIT talk on quantum computers.
In the weekend we will celebrate Günter Ziegler’s 50th birthday in Berlin. Günter started very very young so we had to wait long for this.
Happy birthday, Gunter
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 from accidental meetings with people. (Tim Gowers extensively live-blogged from ICM10.) First, the two big problems in analysis according to Assaf Naor as told at the Bangalore airport waiting for a flight to Hyderabad. Next, a lecture on “proofs from the book” by Günter Ziegler. Then, some interesting things I was told on the bus to my hotel from the Hyderabad airport by François Loeser, and finally what goes even beyond q-analogs (answer: eliptic analogs) as explained by Eric Rains. (I completed this post more than two years after it was drafted and made major compromises on the the quality of my understanding of the things I tell about. Also, I cannot be responsible today for the 2-year old attempts at humor.)
The two big problems in analysis according to Assaf, and one bonus problem