Tag Archives: combinatorics

An LTCC book

The Taught Course Centres for PhD students in the Mathematical Sciences were set up as the result of a recommendation of the last-but-one International Review of Mathematics. The review panel said that the highly specialised nature of British PhDs meant … Continue reading

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Landscapes

Last week I was at an EPSRC “Pure mathematics engagement workshop” discussing updating the research council’s landscapes. I felt it was a good and productive meeting. In the past, there have been tensions between researchers and funders, some of which … Continue reading

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The combinatorial hierarchy

Following up a conversation with John Amson at Rufflets Hotel, just outside St Andrews, I was led to a paper on combinatorial physics: Ted Bastin, H. Pierre Noyes, John Amson, Clive W. Kilmister: On the physical interpretation and the mathematical … Continue reading

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Ramon Llull

Last Saturday the Guardian had a review of The Serpent Papers by Jessica Cornwell (granddaughter of John Le Carré). Set in Barcelona and Mallorca, the book is a murder mystery and more; its presiding genius is Ramon Llull, the mediaeval … Continue reading

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Combinatorial Chance, 1

Combinatorial Chance is the title of a book by F. N. David and D. E. Barton. The title is glossed “Probability distributions of statistics of random patterns and arrangements … with applications ranging from Gambling to Non-parametric Tests”. The book … Continue reading

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Plymouth workshops

The title refers not to buildings in the Royal Navy dockyard in Devonport, but to a London Mathematical Society regional meeting here last week. The format of the meeting was, on the first day, an LMS meeting with opportunity for … Continue reading

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Donald Preece: obituary and bibliography

Rosemary has written a long obituary of Donald, far too long for a journal to consider, but worth having on record (I think).

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