Category Archives: history

the shadow of the past

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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Tunisia

Tunisia has been in the news for the wrong reasons. I sincerely hope that the people of this beautiful and hospitable country are not seriously harmed by the recent terrorist outrages. The best I can do to show my solidarity … Continue reading

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Antiflag-transitive groups

More than 35 years ago, Bill Kantor and I published a paper classifying the finite antiflag-transitive collineation groups of classical projective and polar spaces. This was before the Classification of Finite Simple Groups had been announced, although it was already … Continue reading

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Edinburgh

To Edinburgh yesterday for the admission of new Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The grey city was looking at its best in the spring sun: people were sitting on the grass in Princes Street Gardens, or crowding round … Continue reading

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From the archive, 9

Looking for a book yesterday, I turned up a file of old papers. One of them I think deserves an afterlife, so I re-typed it and here it is. First, the background. Let A be an n×n matrix. The permanent … Continue reading

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Alas, Tower Hamlets

The politics of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets has been a cesspit for some time. The latest development is a judgment in the High Court of Justice that the Mayor, Lutfur Rahman, and his agent, Alibor Choudhury, were guilty … Continue reading

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Hamada cherries in St Andrews

At this time of year, the streets and gardens of St Andrews are full of extraordinary cherry blossom. I have just learned the reason. In 1975, Zenya Hamada was given permission to create a replica of the Old Course (I … Continue reading

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