It would be the 100th birthday of Paul Erdős, if he were still with us. The Rényi Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences are marking the ocasion with an Erdős Centennial conference in the first week of July.
In prospect it looks like an excellent meeting. The plenary speakers are Noga Alon, Béla Bollobás, Timothy Gowers, Ben Green, Elon Lindenstrass. Tomasz Łuczak, Daniel Mauldin, Yuval Peres, János Pintz, Carl Pomerance, Vojtěch Rödl, Saharon Shelah, Terence Tao, and Vilmos Totik. Budapest is one of the most beautiful capital cities. In addition, there will be a new edition of the book The Mathematics of Paul Erdős to mark the occasion; I have previously described the revision of my chapter; my appeal for help brought a few comments which have improved the chapter.
The only reason why I can’t recommend the meeting without reservation is that it coincides with the 24th British Combinatorial Conference. This is a different sort of meeting, one of a series and with the aim of giving a soapbox to as many combinatorialists as possible; but there are probably a lot of people (like me) who would like to be at both. As chair of the committee, I have no choice in the matter. The plenary speakers at the BCC are also an impressive list: Jacob Fox, Massimo Giuletti, Tor Helleseth, Jan van den Heuvel, Jozef Širáň, Einar Steingrímsson, Kristina Vušković, Geoff Whittle, and Doron Zeilberger.
Hopefully the union of the sets of mathematicians interested in these two conferences is large enough that they can both be a great success!
At least there is no such problem the following week. I hope you can all come to the meeting at Queen Mary on Combinatorics, Algebra and More, whose acronym happens to be the first three letters of my name. The speakers are João Araújo, László Babai, R. A. Bailey, Michael Giudici, Robert Johnson, Martin Liebeck, Dugald Macpherson, Peter Neumann, Donald Preece, Thomas Prellberg, Alan Sokal, Anatoly Vershik, Bridget Webb, Geoff Whittle, and me – and maybe Tim Gowers as well. Don’t miss it!
The conference is on 8–10 July; booking is now open. If you are coming, can stay on an extra day or so, and would like a nice country walk, please let me know; tell me how far you would find comfortable!
See you in July!