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This is in a sense a follow-up to my earlier post here, describing how the 6-month programme at the Isaac Newton Institute had come to a premature end because of the covid pandemic. The time I spent in Cambridge then … Continue reading

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More on derangements

Francis Bacon, in The New Organon, developed a famous metaphor: Those who have handled sciences have been either men of experiment or men of dogmas. The men of experiment are like the ant, they only collect and use; the reasoners … Continue reading

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Happy new year

I hope the New Year is better than we deserve. I will be spending most of the first six months in Cambridge, at a group theory programme at the Isaac Newton Institute. So hopefully I will have some time for … Continue reading

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This year I celebrated my 65th birthday (if that is the right word; almost nobody noticed). But for a recent change in the law, that would be that so far as employment goes. I would not be able to continue … Continue reading

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Female mathematicians

The Isaac Newton Institute has a collection of short interviews with female mathematicians who have visited the Institute. It is described as an occasional series of interviews with female mathematical scientists. In this series we hope to showcase the achievements … Continue reading

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I have just spent a month as a visiting fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge, on a programme entitled “Design and Analysis of Experiments”. When you arrive at the Cambridge railway station, the town proclaims itself “Home of … Continue reading

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A matrix problem

Suppose you are given n linearly independent vectors in n-dimensional Euclidean space. You move the vectors so that each vector becomes longer, but their inner products remain the same. What happens to the volume of the parallelepiped they span? This … Continue reading

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Ecology and banking

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the annual correspondents’ meeting at the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge. Apart from discussions about Institute policy and functioning, these occasions provide entertainment in the form of two lectures. One of the lectures … Continue reading

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