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# Tag Archives: logic

## Books

I realised yesterday that, although I had moved the web pages of books I had written to my St Andrews website when I came here, I had neither updated them nor put links to them. I have done the easier … Continue reading

Posted in books, the Web
Tagged algebra, combinatorics, logic, permutation groups, set theory
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## The infinite lottery

Probability is a mathematical subject where the application of the results to the real world remains controversial, and different schools of thought flourish. Littlewood, in his Miscellany, discusses this, and comes firmly to the conclusion that probability theory can say … Continue reading

Posted in exposition
Tagged Kolmogorov's axioms, logic, measure theory, probability, surreal numbers
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## Conference announcement

The organisers have asked me to advertise this event, which I am happy to do The closing date for reduced rate registration is at the end of March. Please think about coming! Conference in honour of Peter Cameron / abstract … Continue reading

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Tagged combinatorics, group theory, July 2017, Lisbon, logic, semigroup theory, statistics
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## All kinds of mathematics …

Please reserve the dates 24-27 July 2017 in your diary! Next year, I will turn 70. Some good friends (notably João Araújo) are arranging a conference in Lisbon to mark the occasion, and many other good friends have agreed to … Continue reading

## 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

## 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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Tagged algebra, analysis, combinatorics, EPSRC, geometry, landscape documents, logic, number theory, pure mathematics
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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

## Poe on algebraists

Michael Kinyon reminded me of Edgar Allan Poe’s comments on algebraists in his story “The Purloined Letter”. Here they are in full. “But is this really a poet?” I asked. “There are two brothers, I know; and both have attained … Continue reading

## A history of Merton College

The book A History of Merton College, by G. H. Martin and J. R. L. Highfield, was published by Oxford University Press in 1997. I have had a copy for some time but, to my shame, have only just read it. Roger Highfield was a … Continue reading

## Why don’t mathematicians fill in surveys?

I just attempted to fill in an on-line survey. Question 5 was a yes/no question, to which I answered “no”. Question 6 said, “If you answered ‘yes’ to Question 5, …”, so I left it blank. My answers were rejected. … Continue reading