A Simple Fact
21 January 2019 | 6:37 pm

Can we find a simplest proof? Composite crop from src1, src2 Joseph Wedderburn and Leonard Dickson proved Wedderburn’s “Little” Theorem: that every finite ring with the zero-product property is a field. Which of them proved it first is hard to tell. Today we discuss the issue of finding simple proofs for simple facts—not just Wedderburn’s … … Continue reading

Jean Bourgain 1954–2018 and Michael Atiyah 1929–2019
13 January 2019 | 6:11 am

A tribute to two premier analysts From Flanders Today src1 and Ryle Trust Lecture src2 Baron Jean Bourgain and Sir Michael Atiyah passed away within the past three weeks. They became mathematical nobility by winning the Fields Medal, Atiyah in 1966 and Bourgain in 1994. Bourgain was created Baron by King Philippe of Belgium in … … Continue reading

Predictions For 2019
6 January 2019 | 7:03 pm

The problem of predicting ‘when’ not just ‘what’ Cropped from Toronto Star source Isaac Asimov was a prolific writer of science fiction and nonfiction. Thirty-five years ago, on the eve of the year 1984, he noted that 35 years had passed since the publication of George Orwell’s 1984. He wrote an exclusive feature for the … … Continue reading


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