Coherent groups

Recall that a group G is called coherent if every finitely generated subgroup of G is finitely presented. Main examples are 3-manifold groups and (virtually) polycyclic groups. Instead of trying to motivate the study of coherent groups in my own words, let me instead just refer to Section 2 of the article `An Invitation to … Continue reading "Coherent groups"

Regularity of minimizing hypersurfaces

Let us consider the following classical problem from geometry (the case \(n=3\) is basically Plateau’s problem): Let \(\Gamma\) be a smooth, closed, oriented, \((n−1\))-dimensional submanifold of \(\mathbb{R}^{n+1}\). If we consider all the smooth, compact, oriented hypersurfaces \(M \subset \mathbb{R}^{n+1}\) with \(\partial M = \Gamma\), does there exist one with least area among them? In the … Continue reading "Regularity of minimizing hypersurfaces"

Illustrating the Impact of the Mathematical Sciences

A series of posters and some other related media were produced by the National Academy of Sciences of the USA to showcase mathematics of the twenty-first century and its applications in the real world: link. If you still don’t know what to put on your office walls, have a look at those posters!

Progress on the union-closed sets conjecture

The union-closed sets conjecture is the following extremely easy to state conjecture about subsets of finite sets: Assume that \(\mathcal{F}\) is a family of subsets of \(\{1, 2, \ldots, n\}\) which is union-closed; this means that for any two sets \(A,B\) in \(\mathcal{F}\) their union \(A \cup B\) is also a member of \(\mathcal{F}\). Then … Continue reading "Progress on the union-closed sets conjecture"

Status-Bias im Peer-Review

In der aktuellen Forschung & Lehre ist ein Beitrag mit dem Titel Status-Bias im Peer-Review-Verfahren, den ich sehr interessant fand. Der Beitrag beginnt mit folgenden Worten: Forschungsarbeiten von renommierten Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern werden trotz gleicher Qualität im Peer-Review-Verfahren deutlich besser bewertet als Arbeiten weniger bekannter Forschender. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt ein Wissenschaftlerteam um Professor Jürgen … Continue reading "Status-Bias im Peer-Review"