Tag Archives: finite geometry

Perth, week 3

The black swan is the emblem of Western Australia – but it seems a little odd that, on the State coat of arms, there is a picture of one being cooked in a large pot of water by two kangaroos … Continue reading

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Caps in AG(n,3)

For the past week and a half I have done little but mark exam papers. At some point during this, I looked at Tim Gowers’ blog, and read that a very significant improvement had very recently been made on the … Continue reading

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From the archive, 2

Next up is a document which is just over a quarter-century old, a photocopy of a 26-page handwritten document entitled “On doing geometry in CAYLEY”. The background, as explained in the document, is that John Cannon’s computer algebra system CAYLEY, … Continue reading

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Finite geometry and probabilistic combinatorics

In the late 1960s, when I was born as a mathematician, I worked on finite permutation groups, on the edge of finite geometry and the combinatorics of very regular structures. I was dimly aware that there was a completely different … Continue reading

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Ten years ago, Queen Mary had a study programme in Discrete Mathematics. We were one of the first universities in Britain to do this, and I believe they invented a special UCAS code for the course. The study programme was … Continue reading

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