Tag Archives: Classification of Finite Simple Groups

Workshop on Bannai-Ito theory

The original purpose of our trip to China was to speak at an international workshop on Bannai-Ito theory at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, a popular Chinese tourist destination. Hangzhou is set on an artificial (but centuries old) lake, with islands, … Continue reading

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Prospects in Mathematics, 2

I didn’t say anything about my own talk at the Prospects in Mathematics meeting. But soon afterwards I was re-reading Lee Smolin’s 2006 book The Trouble with Physics, and it resonated with some of the things I said. My topic … Continue reading

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A crash course on group theory

I have just finished a crash course on group theory at Universidade de Lisboa. The notes are here. From the preface: On a visit to Universidade de Lisboa in November 2016, I was asked to give a “crash course” in … Continue reading

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Asymptotic group theory, 2

Inna Capdeboscq started proceedings this morning with a talk about one small part of the second-generation (Gorenstein–Lyons–Solomon) proof of the Classification of Finite Simple Groups. What she described will be volume 8 of the complete proof, if I remember correctly. … Continue reading

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Commuting graph, 2

Last week Chris Parker gave a very interesting talk in the London Algebra Colloquium on this topic. It is an excellent example of a curious phenomenon. If you look for your keys under the lamppost, then in a Borgesian way … Continue reading

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