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Tag Archives: Tim Gowers
News (mainly polymath related)
Update (Jan 21) j) Polymath11 (?) Tim Gowers’s proposed a polymath project on Frankl’s conjecture. If it will get off the ground we will have (with polymath10) two projects running in parallel which is very nice. (In the comments Jon Awbrey gave … Continue reading
Why is Mathematics Possible: Tim Gowers’s Take on the Matter
In a previous post I mentioned the question of why is mathematics possible. Among the interesting comments to the post, here is a comment by Tim Gowers: “Maybe the following would be a way of rephrasing your question. We know … Continue reading
Posted in Open discussion, Philosophy, What is Mathematics
Tagged Foundations of Mathematics, Open discussion, Philosophy, Tim Gowers
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Knighted for Services to Mathematics
The Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours 2012 was released on 16 June 2012 in the United Kingdom and Tim Gowers was knighted for “services to mathematics”! So I suppose Tim is now becoming “Sir William.” It is possible that the Queen mainly … Continue reading
The Internet, Journals and all that.
Tim Gowers wrote an interesting post where he proposed in surprising many details an Internet mechanism (mixing ingredients from the arXive, blogs, MathOverflow and polymath projects) to replace Journals. Noam Nisan (who advocated similar changes over the years) wrote an interesting related … Continue reading
False Beliefs in Mathematics
Test your intuition: For two n by n matrices A and B, is it always the case that tr(ABAB) = tr(ABBA)?
Posted in Mathematics over the Internet, Test your intuition
Tagged Mathoverflow, Test your intuition, Tim Gowers
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Polymath Reflections
Polymath is a collective open way of doing mathematics. It started over Gowers’s blog with the polymath1 project that was devoted to the Density Hales Jewett problem. Since then we had Polymath2 related to Tsirelson spaces in Banach space theory , an intensive Polymath4 devoted … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Posted in Blogging, Combinatorics, What is Mathematics
Tagged Density HalesJewett theorem, polymath1, Tim Gowers
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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 NavierStokes equation and he suggests blogs as a way of scaling up scientific conversation. Michael is writing … Continue reading
Posted in Blogging, What is Mathematics
Tagged Blogs, Michael Nielsen, Open science, polymath1, Tim Gowers
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