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conferences, seminars, lectures, etc

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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BCC, day 5

My route to the conference passes a stagnant ditch. Today, two families of moorhens were in evidence; a couple with two small chicks, and another group of three older chicks. Blackbirds are also busy foraging on the lawn outside the … Continue reading

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BCC, day 4

The highlight of the conference for me was the talk this afternoon by Manuel Bodirsky, on Ramsey classes. No time now to explain all this – get the invited speakers’ volume and read it if you want to know – … Continue reading

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BCC, day 3

Further to my comment about non-communication betweem group theory and combinatorics yesterday, the table labelled “Maths” at breakfast this morning was for group theorists, while combinatorialists were somewhere else … The format of this BCC is a little different from … Continue reading

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BCC, day 2

There was a London Mathematical Society regional meeting in the University of Warwick today, to be followed by a workshop on finite simple groups to celebrate the birthday of Richard Lyons, one of the pioneers and heroes of the Classification. … Continue reading

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BCC, day 1

So here I am on the campus of the University of Warwick, at the end of the first day of the 25th British Combinatorial Conference. Two things struck me right away. First, I really do feel that this is my … Continue reading

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