Author Archives: Peter Cameron

About Peter Cameron

I count all the things that need to be counted.

An excursion

Last weekend, as I mentioned, we took a long weekend and did some travelling, at the kind invitation of Hans Hockey. On Saturday morning we took the bus to Hamilton. Hans met us at the bus station, drove us round … Continue reading

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Picture of an isomorphism

We spent a very busy and enjoyable weekend with Hans Hockey, a statistician who lives in Hamilton, and his family. When we arrived, Hans showed me a picture he had taken, of the 81 SET cards laid out on a … Continue reading

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Computational group theory, 2

If a group is presented to me (by one of the methods discussed in the preceding post, or as a black box), one of the first things I might want to know is “which group is it?” This presupposes that … Continue reading

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Full text

One of the benefits of the pressure for open access from funding bodies and governments is that academic publishers have opened their archives, and full text is typically available for papers from five years after publication. This is particularly valuable … Continue reading

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Tiritiri Matangi

Gannets; kokako; takahe; bellbird On each of my previous trips to Auckland, I have been urged to go to Tiritiri Matangi, an island in the Hauraki Gulf which is now an open wildlife sanctuary. It is a day trip from … Continue reading

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Scots wha hae

… wi’ Wallace bled Yesterday, the Scots voted to retain their place in the United Kingdom. Scottish history has been a bloody affair. The battle of Bannockburn took place 700 years ago, and the referendum on Scottish independence was deliberately … Continue reading

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Computational group theory, 1

Computational group theory is the art or science of using a computer to learn something about a group. I was introduced to it by John Cannon in the early 1980s. It seems like a black art to many mathematicians (myself … Continue reading

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