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Puzzles about trees, high dimensions, election, computation and noise

Date: Monday, September 3, 2018 16:00 - 17:00
Speaker: Gil Kalai (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Location: Raiffeisen Lecture Hall, Central Building
Series: Institute colloquium
Host: Uli Wagner
Contact: Arinya Eller
Central building lecture hall

Abstract:

In the lecture I will talk about some mathematical puzzles that have preoccupied me over the years, and I will also reveal to young people in the audience some of the secrets of our trade. The first puzzle is about high dimensional trees: what they are and how to count them. The second puzzle deals with high dimensional geometric bodies, and a question of Borsuk. The third puzzle is about errors in counting votes in elections, and the forth puzzle is: are computationally superior quantum computers feasible?

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