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# Monthly Archives: August 2019

## Mohammad Ghomi and Joel Spruck settled the Cartan-Hadamard conjecture!

Greetings from Oberwolfach from a great conference on algebraic, geometric, and topological combinatorics. Stay tuned for more pictures and updates from Oberwolfach and CERN, and also in case you did not see it already here is the link to the … Continue reading

Posted in Geometry
Tagged Cartan-Hadamard's conjecture, Joel Spruck, Mohammad Ghomi, Oberwolfach
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## Amazing: Ryan Alweiss, Shachar Lovett, Kewen Wu, Jiapeng Zhang made dramatic progress on the Sunflower Conjecture

WOW! The new paper https://arxiv.org/abs/1908.08483 improved bounds for the sunflower lemma gives the most dramatic progress on the sunflower conjecture since it was asked. Congratulations to Ryan Alweiss, Shachar Lovett, Kewen Wu, Jiapeng Zhang. (Written on my smartphone will expand … Continue reading

## The Argument against Quantum Computers – a CERN Colloquium and a New Paper

Let me announce my CERN colloquium this Thursday, August 22, 2019, 16:30-17:30 entitled “The argument against quantum computers.” If you are at CERN or the neighborhood, please please come to the lecture. (Tea and coffee will be served at 16:00. … Continue reading

Posted in Computer Science and Optimization, Physics, Quantum
Tagged CERN, Quantum computers
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## Equiangular lines with a fixed angle and other breakthroughs from Yufei Zhao’s blog

Today I would like to report about some breakthroughs in the area of combinatorics, and about blog posts in Yufei Zhao’s blog that describe these remarkable results (better than I can). Many of the coauthors in these breakthroughs are undergraduate … Continue reading

Posted in Combinatorics
Tagged Ashwin Sah, David Stoner, Eyal Lubetzky, Jonathan Tidor, Mehtaab Sawhney, Shengtong Zhang, Yuan Yao, Yufei Zhao, Yunkun Zhou, Zilin Jiang
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## Two Important Quantum Announcements!

I am very happy to announce two quantum events. First, I would like to announce a course “Computation, quantization, symplectic geometry, and information” in the first 2019/2020 semester at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI). The course will by on … Continue reading

## Avi Wigderson’s: “Integrating computational modeling, algorithms, and complexity into theories of nature, marks a new scientific revolution!” (An invitation for a discussion.)

The cover of Avi Wigderson’s book “Mathematics and computation” as was first exposed to the public in Avi’s Knuth Prize videotaped lecture. (I had trouble with 3 of the words: What is EGDE L WONK 0? what is GCAAG?GTAACTC … Continue reading

## An interview with Noga Alon

Update: and here is a great interview of Noga in English and the interviewer is Narkis Alon, Noga’s youngest daughter and Amalya Duek. I was very happy to interview my academic doctoral twin and long-time friend Noga Alon. The interview … Continue reading