Due to the current situation there are numerous online seminar talks organized all over the world. I was quite happy to discover this week that the website researchseminars.org maintains a useful database of online seminars and conferences, focusing on mathematics and related fields. The website is supported by the American Mathematical Society, the MIT and … Continue reading "Database of online seminar talks"
Consider the following three basic questions about tetrahedra: Does a given tetrahedron tile space? Which tetrahedra are scissors-congruent to a cube? Can one describe the tetrahedra all of whose six dihedral angles are a rational number of degrees? The first question goes back to Aristotle, the second is from Hilbert’s list of problems, and the … Continue reading "Tetrahedra"
Every subgroup of infinite index in a surface group is a free group. There are many ways to see this, for instance, using a bit of topology. An infinite index subgroup corresponds to a covering space with infinitely many sheets and this covering space is a non-compact surface. By a result of Whitehead it deformation … Continue reading "The commutator subgroups of surface groups"
This post is inspired by Alex Engel’s post “Validity of results II” on incorrect results and computer proof checking. Before I get there, let me start with some background first and reveal the connection later. Dustin Clausen and Peter Scholze have put forward the idea of “condensed mathematics” which aims at replacing topological spaces by … Continue reading "Condensed mathematics"
Dieses Semester halte ich eine Vorlesung für Studierende im dritten Semester (ich habe hier über den mathematischen Inhalt gebloggt). Zu dieser Vorlesung gibt es offiziell keinen Übungsbetrieb, aber ich gebe den Studierenden trotzdem hin und wieder (freiwillige) Übungsaufgaben auf, denn wie wir alle wissen lernt man Mathematik am besten wenn man sich selbst an ihr … Continue reading "Gegenseitige Korrektur in Lehrveranstaltungen"
In July I wrote a post about Validity of results. It was about a recent preprint pointing out an erroneous proof in an influential paper. By chance I stumbled yesterday upon this question on MathOverflow: Extent of unscientific, and of wrong, papers in research mathematics. The question starts with a link to Kevin Buzzard’s slides … Continue reading "Validity of results, II"
A short while ago I was blogging about the classical isospectrality problem which goes back to Mark Kac’ famous question: Can one hear the shape of a drum? Some basic information about it can be found in that blog post of mine: Can one hear orientability? The original question of Mark Kac was answered negatively by … Continue reading "How to hear the corners of a drum"
Recently, I learned that the group G∞ of germs at +∞ of orientation preserving homeomorphisms of the real line has two remarkable properites: it is simple and left-orderable. I thought it is maybe worth to share some background on left-orderability (and why this might be interesting). Let’s start with a definition: A group G is … Continue reading "The group of germs at infinity of line homeomorphisms"