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At least as far as families of reflection groups with nice combinatorics are concerned
Posted in Combinatorics, Math
Tagged complex reflection groups, Coxeter groups, permutations, reflection groups
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“Magical Mathematics” by Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham
This was a gift from my wonderful friend AHM, following the death of Graham last year. I enjoyed it quite a lot, but it’s also very weird. For example, chapters bounce around dramatically in tone and content (some are about … Continue reading
Posted in Book reviews, Books, Combinatorics, Math
Tagged de Bruijn sequence, Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham
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“Mathematical education” by G. St. L. Carson
This is the other book I mentioned finding at the Book Barn. It is a collection of eight lectures delivered by the author in 1912 and 1913, and a fascinating historical document. Some features that I found particularly interesting follow. … Continue reading
Posted in Book reviews, Books, Combinatorics, Education, Math
Tagged Formalism, Math education
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Jargon
This tickled my fancy: For all the other parameters, has no real structure. [R. Corran, E.K. Lee, S.J. Lee, Braid groups of imprimitive complex reflection groups, J. Algebra, 2015] (No, it’s not floppy — it’s a complex reflection group. Here … Continue reading
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Factor triples
Over at JD2718, Jonathan asks the following question: [A conference] presenter posed a problem that required finding three numbers that multiplied to make 72. The list included 1, 8, 9 and 2, 2, 18 and 3, 4, 6 and several … Continue reading
Open problems in algebraic combinatorics
This is pretty cool: Open Problems in Algebraic Combinatorics blog. (It’s attached to this conference.)
Posted in Academia, Combinatorics, Math
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Coincidences among small groups
I like to study reflection groups of various kinds. Let Sn denote the group of permutations of n points, let GL(n, q) denote the general linear group of invertible linear transformations of an ndimensional vector space over the finite field with … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, Math
Tagged finite field, general linear group, group theory, permutations, symmetric group
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Herstmonceux
As I mentioned, after Vancouver I went to a conference at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, England. It was mathematically excellent, and I feel that BBC detective shows properly prepared me for my first visit to the UK. Trees in England … Continue reading
Posted in Academia, Combinatorics, Math, Trees
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The Erdős FBI file
A cute little article here about Paul Erdős’s FBI file. The short version is … that it’s not very interesting; the FBI routinely (and correctly) determined that he was just interested in doing mathematics. In a Minnesotacentric note, it was … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, Math, What's the news?
Tagged combinatorics, congress, FBI, Math humor, Minnesota, Paul Erdos
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