Author Archives: Peter Cameron

About Peter Cameron

I count all the things that need to be counted.

Runnymede and Whitby

The two excursions at the Durham symposium were a walk down to Palace Green to see the Cathedral and the Magna Carta exhibition, and a trip to Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby (with a walk between the two). This year … Continue reading

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A precious jewel

One of my favourite textbooks is Simmons’ Introduction to Topology and Modern Analysis. In the introduction, the author distinguishes two types of mathematics: the rare jewels, like the formula saying that the Riemann zeta function evaluated at 2 is π2/6; … Continue reading

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Did I prove that?

Two interesting and contrasting experiences in two days at the Durham symposium (about which you will hear lots more later). I should begin by saying that these were both during excellent talks. Yesterday, Rehana Patel gave the first of three … Continue reading

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Computer down again

Ubuntu has let me down again, for the second time in two months. The menu bar and launch panel have disappeared. By some ingenuity I managed to get a web browser launched, and searched for a solution to this problem. … Continue reading

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Good news on metrics

HEFCE have released their report on the use of metrics in research assessment. And, wonderful to relate, it is good news. You can find an excellent commentary on it, as well as a link to the report itself, on David … Continue reading

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Beginning a career

Yesterday was my tenth consecutive day of conferences. I’ll start this post with a detour. Bill Tutte was one of the deepest thinkers on combinatorics in the twentieth century. One of my favourite mathematics books is his Graph theory as … Continue reading

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The Tutte polynomial

The Tutte polynomial is an important 2-variable polynomial associated with a matroid (and in particular, with a graph). I have been at a workshop on “New Directions for the Tutte Polynomial”, organised by Jo Ellis-Monaghan and Iain Moffatt, at Royal … Continue reading

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