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the shadow of the past

Old Codger’s Combinatorics Conference

Wednesday was the Old Codger’s Combinatorics Conference at the University of Reading, a one-day meeting organised by Anthony Hilton. The position of the apostrophe is correct: it refers to the fact that Anthony admits that he is an old codger … Continue reading

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Linstat 2018

Or, to give the full title, International Conference on Trends and Perspectives in Linear Statistical Inference, with Celebration of Tadeusz Caliński’s 90th Birthday. The conference was in Będlewo Castle, once a private residence for a noble family which had more … Continue reading

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Anniversary

Today is the 50th anniversary of my arrival in Europe. I arrived in Southampton on the Shaw Savill Line ship “Southern Cross” on 21 August 1968, after a 36-day voyage from Sydney. I intended to stay three years or so … Continue reading

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Pilsen, days 3 and 4

After the rush of the first two days, things quietened down a bit, so I can stop and look around me. The conference logo, and an explanation, is here. Norman Biggs, one of the pioneers of algebraic graph theory, speculated … Continue reading

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From permutation groups to model theory

I cannot resist a conference with a title like this! But in this case, there is another very important reason to attend. In the mid-1970s, when I began being interested in infinite permutation groups (I had been a strictly finite … Continue reading

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The Royal Society of Edinburgh

I have been to the Royal Society of Edinburgh twice in the last two weeks, for different reasons. Yesterday it was for my induction as a Fellow, along with forty-odd others. One of the things that we were told was … Continue reading

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Kourovka Notebook, 19th edition

The latest edition (the 19th) of the Kourovka Notebook has just been released. It now has its own website, https://kourovka-notebook.org/. The Kourovka Notebook has been going for more than 50 years, longer than my life as a mathematician. It is … Continue reading

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