Monthly Archives: May 2014

I don’t know how to prove Serre’s conjecture.

I find it slightly annoying that I don’t know how to prove Serre’s conjecture for imaginary quadratic fields. In particular, I don’t even see any particularly good strategy for showing that a surjective Galois representation — say finite flat with … Continue reading

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Thurston, Selberg, and Random Polynomials, Part II.

What is the probability that the largest root of a polynomial is real? Naturally enough, this depends on how one models a random polynomial. If we take polynomials of degree N which are constrained to have all of their roots … Continue reading

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Thurston, Selberg, and Random Polynomials, Part I.

Apart from everything else, you could always count on Bill Thurston to ask interesting questions. This is the first of a small number of posts which were motivated in part by figure two from this paper, and this accompanying MO … Continue reading

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A postview of Bellairs/Barbados

I am just recovering from my trip to Barbados for the McGill sponsored conference at the Bellairs institute (which I previously discussed here). I thought it was a wonderfully enjoyable conference, for many reasons. The first is that I got … Continue reading

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Are business schools intellectually bankrupt?

From the New York Times today, a report from business school professors concerning a study which claims to show that professors are prejudiced, too. I remember reading the original paper on this study, which made it painfully clear that the … Continue reading

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