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# Category Archives: events

## Moonlighting

In the last week of August, I attended for the first time a virtual conference. This was the 2020 Ural Workshop on Group Theory and Combinatorics, organised by Natalia Maslova at the Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg and her colleagues. … Continue reading

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Tagged axial algebras, big Ramsey degrees, Deza graphs, dual Seidel switching, EPPA, Greenberg's theorem, Hardy fields, Helmut Wielandt, indivisibility, integral graphs, Latin cubes, Markov numnbers, Miguel Couciero, Natalia Maslova, profile, strongly 2-closed groups, surreal numbers, Thompson groups, twin-width
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## Peter Sarnak’s Hardy Lecture

Yesterday, Peter Sarnak gave the London Mathematical Society’s 2020 Hardy Lecture (remotely). He talked about gaps in the spectra of connected cubic graphs. It was a talk properly described as a tour de force, applying to the problem ideas from … Continue reading

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Tagged Alan Hoffman, fullerenes, generalised line graphs, Ramanujan graphs, spectral gaphs, waveguides
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## GRA workshop 2

This workshop was on “Computational and algorithmic aspects” (of groups, representations and applications, presumably). In my opinion, this was the week when the programme really took off. There were many good talks, so as ever I shall just select a … Continue reading

## GRA Workshop 1

Last week was the introductory/instructional workshop for the Isaac Newton Institute’s six-month programme on Groups, Representations and Applications. We were thrown in the deep end right at the start. The first two talks were on what were claimed to be … Continue reading

## Happy new year

I hope the New Year is better than we deserve. I will be spending most of the first six months in Cambridge, at a group theory programme at the Isaac Newton Institute. So hopefully I will have some time for … Continue reading

## G2D2, 5: The logo revisited

There has been further discussion of the G2 logo; here is a brief summary. Elena Konstantinova tells me that it was designed by Vava Stefoglo; her portfolio is here. She is not a mathematician but received a good education in … Continue reading

## G2D2, 4: the second week

The lecturers of the first two minicourses now gave way for the second team. Mike Boyle and Scott Schmieding told us about symbolic dynamics, in particular, subshifts and their automorphism groups. This was particularly valuable to me: I had dove … Continue reading

## G2D2, 2: first week

The campus of the China Three Gorges Hotel has a small river, full of waterlilies and lotus flowers. Beside it runs a main road, along which big water trucks run, shooting atomised water from cannon-like structures; we are told this … Continue reading

## BCC at Birmingham, days 4 and 5

Thursday saw my favourite of the plenary talks. Iain Moffatt told us about ribbon graphs and delta-matroids. Ribbon graphs are essentially the same as graphs drawn on surfaces (we just fatten up each vertex to a disc and each edge … Continue reading

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Tagged delta-matroids, large sets of designs, Neumaier graphs, ribbon graphs, rumples, Turan theory
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## BCC at Birmingham, days 1-3

This week I am in Birmingham for the British Combinatorial Conference. The organisation of the conference is outstanding. For one small example, yesterday, fifteen minutes before the Business Meeting was due to start, the Chairman noticed that we didn’t have … Continue reading

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Tagged ADE diagrams, Henson graphs, independence polynomial, Ramsey theory, random permutations, skew Young tableaux
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