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G2D2, 1: setting the scene

I’m in Yichang, at the China Three Gorges University, for the conference and summer school G2D2 (“Groups and graphs, designs and dynamics”). This is the sixth meeting in the series: the previous ones were G2C2: Groups and graphs, cycles and … Continue reading

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Some delay expected

In a few hours I will start out on a month-long trip to China. I am not sure whether I will have the opportunity to post anything new or deal with incoming comments during that time. The Chinese disable several … Continue reading

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Position at St Andrews

We have just advertised a lectureship in Pure Mathematics. The advertisement is here. Come join us!

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Combinatorics at Strathclyde

Two years ago, we enjoyed a successful British Combinatorial Conference at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. For me it was memorable for several reasons: the appearance of my book “Notes on Counting”, my fall to the floor during the … Continue reading

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Tuna Altınel

Many of you have probably already heard the news that Tuna Altınel, a mathematician of Turkish nationality working in France, was arrested on a family visit to Turkey. His alleged crimes are signing a petition requesting peace talks, and taking … Continue reading

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A talk by Stephen Senn

I’ve just heard a nice talk by Stephen Senn, entitled “In search of lost infinities. What is the ‘n’ in big data?” The moral was that, in clinical trials and observational trials, everyone assumes that more data mean more accurate … Continue reading

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Atiyah memorial day

On Saturday, we went to the memorial event for Michael Atiyah, held in the magnificent Playfair Library in the University of Edinburgh’s Old College buildings. (Not named after John Playfair, Professor of Mathematics in Edinburgh and responsible for Playfair’s Axiom, … Continue reading

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