Math in England

On Sunday I will be flying across the ocean to participate in the 2007 British Combinatorics Conference, at the University of Reading. If you peruse the book of abstracts, you will see that I will be delievering an edge-of-your-seat barn-burner of a talk entitled, “Decomposition Theorems for Cayley Graphs of the Modular Group Over a Finite Field.” Don’t you wish you were going? Though the barn will already have burnt down by the time he speaks, my friend and collaborator Dominic Lanphier will be discussing related work in a rhetorical tour-de-force entitled, “Isoperimetric Sets of Cayley Graphs.”

Sadly, this means it will be bloggus interruptus around here until my reutrn on July 15, and probably for a few days afterwards. Try to soldier on without me.


  1. #1 abelian jeff
    July 5, 2007

    That sounds like an excellent talk…bon voyage, and have a great time!

  2. #2 Kevin
    July 5, 2007

    we will have to confer with Gen. JC Christian, patriot, while you are gone.


  3. #3 Blake Stacey, OM
    July 5, 2007

    Too bad — I was looking forward to reading your thoughts about Nisbet on Wilson on Dawkins.

  4. #4 AJS
    July 6, 2007

    Actually that should be “Maths in England”, since that is the abbreviation we use in this country!

  5. #5 Jason Rosenhouse
    July 6, 2007


    I noticed the Nisbet post and the Wilson article. It was precisely because I saw them that I figured now was a godd time to take a break! Dawkins will just have to take care of himself for a while.

  6. #6 snafu
    July 7, 2007

    Are you going to squeeze in a visit to Down House in Kent? It’s probably a couple of hours on public transport from Reading, but well worth it.

    I think you need a ‘Creation Museum Antidote’ 🙂

  7. #7 matt
    July 7, 2007

    If you pulled the right strings you might also be able to see Dawkins, Wolpert and Steve Jones discuss evolution at the Natural History Museum in Monday night’s keynote for the ACM SIGEVO conference. Should be fun; I’m still trying to find a way to sneak in…

  8. #8 Robert O'Brien
    July 7, 2007

    I know from a fellow grad student that there is some sort of conference in China as well. (At least, I assume it has to do with combinatorics, since that is his field.)

  9. #9 Ginger Yellow
    July 9, 2007

    If you make it out of the hellhole that is Reading, I can show you round a few of London’s finest pubs.

  10. #10 JBL
    July 9, 2007
  11. #11 Kevin
    July 9, 2007


    we are in a flood of fools of biblical proportions.

    we are beseiged by buffoons of infinate pedantry.

    we are losing our happiness by arguing with prevaricators.

    Let’s review the rules when you get back. Is the free market the best solution or do we need some consumer protections?

  12. #12 Blake Stacey, OM
    July 15, 2007


    I find that Daniel Martin’s killfile script saves me from a certain degree of irritation and time-wastage. (It requires Firefox and Greasemonkey.)

  13. #13 Kevin
    July 15, 2007

    Blake, thanks I appreciate that but its not just realpc or cotes or other losers, its that the threads start to be the same argument over and over. and the dialog is lost.

    we have had some good arguments here, but the ship is sinking.

  14. #14 Mahmoud El-Bosraty
    April 20, 2009

    This is avery cool story.

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