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# Category Archives: events

## Busy times, 10: in Waterloo

After a week in London, off to Waterloo for Chris Godsil’s 65th birthday conference. The week at home was no holiday: among other things I managed to read and examine Christopher Harden’s PhD thesis (a nice study of fixed point … Continue reading

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Tagged algebraic graph theory, antipodean animals, Chris Godsil, Elora, perfect state transfer, quantum, sandwiches, Waterloo
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## Busy times, 9: Beyond the limit in St Petersburg

Anatoly Vershik is a universal mathematician, with influential work in asymptotic combinatorics, groups and group actions, probability, mathematical physics, and many other areas. This week, I was in St Petersburg for a conference with the wonderful title “Representations, Dynamics, Combinatorics: … Continue reading

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Tagged Anatoly Vershik, asymptotic combinatorics, Ramsey theory, St Petersburg, string theory
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## Busy times, 8: Algebraic graph theory at Villanova

This week, five time zones to the west; next week, three to the east. This week was Andrew Woldar’s conference on algebraic graph theory at Villanova University, a Catholic school founded by Irish Augustinian friars in about 1850. I had … Continue reading

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Tagged association schemes, coherent configurations, maps, Philadelphia, Q-polynomial
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## Busy times, 7: How the light gets in

It’s that time of year again, so off to Hay-on-Wye for How the Light Gets In. The festival has grown; I was told that ticket sales are up 50% on last year. Certainly my participation in it has grown: like … Continue reading

## Busy times, 6: Leuven

I have just spent two days in Leuven. This beautiful old city is primarily now a university town. The first university was founded there in 1425, about a decade after the University of St Andrews. However, unlike St Andrews, which … Continue reading

Posted in events, geography, history
Tagged Beguinage, botanic garden, Flemish Mathematical Olympiad, Leuven
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## Busy times, 4

I meant to finish up the last item with a comment on the relationship between teaching and examining. I have never regarded examining as more than a necessary evil for teachers. So many times, while I was marking the scripts, … Continue reading

## Overload

Today is a bank holiday (even here in Scotland). I am sitting at home working. I have fallen so far behind that there is no alternative. Part of the trouble is that, over the next few months, I am giving … Continue reading

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Tagged infinity, paradox, synchronization, the party problem, the random graph, triangle-free graphs, two-graphs
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