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conferences, seminars, lectures, etc

Discrete Mathematics and Big Data

(Re-posted from the BCC website) On 15-17 February, we are holding a meeting at St Andrews on Discrete Mathematics & Big Data. You can find the web page here, and from that page you can get a programme for the … Continue reading

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Conference for Geoff Whittle

In 2013, when I retired from Queen Mary (my first, unsuccessful, attempt at retiring), Geoff Whittle came and spoke at the conference my colleagues organised for me. He is also someone who has appeared on these pages a few times. … Continue reading

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ACCMCC, Days 4 and 5

Penny Haxell opened proceedings on Thursday with her astonishing work with Ron Aharoni. They give a sufficient condition for a tripartite 3-uniform hypergraph (one whose vertex set is partitioned into three parts so that each hyperedge contains one vertex from … Continue reading

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ACCMCC, Days 2 and 3

Tuesday started with an impressive plenary talk from Nevena Francetić on “group divisible coverings” (these are, roughly, like covering arrays but with some blanks. The range of methods she used was impressive: the Rödl nibble, an extension of Baranyai’s theorem, … Continue reading

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A public lecture

This evening, Jonathan Jedwab gave a public lecture, in celebration of the fact that it is Jacques Hadamard‘s 150th birthday. The title of the lecture was “What is a research mathematician?”, and the hook linking the two was Hadamard matrices. … Continue reading

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ACCMCC, Day 1

I’m at the University of Queensland this week for the 39th Australasian Conference on Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing. It is slightly scary to think that it is nearly 52 years since I came to the University as a student. … Continue reading

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Asymptotic group theory, 5

Now the conference is over. On the last morning, Marty Isaacs posed an interesting problem. Let p be a prime, and n a positive integer. Is there an infinite group in which exactly n elements are not pth powers? This … Continue reading

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