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The exceptional Jordan algebra
In the early 1930s, Pascual Jordan attempted to formalise the algebraic properties of Hermitian matrices. In particular: Hermitian matrices form a real vector space: we can add and subtract Hermitian matrices, and multiply them by real scalars. That is to … Continue reading
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Closedform numbers
Recall that the logarithm function (defined on the punctured complex plane) is multivalued, with the different solutions to exp(x) = y differing by integer multiples of 2πi. James Propp remarked that the values of the form i^i^i are a … Continue reading
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The BarnesWall lattices
For any nonnegative integer n, there exists the highly symmetric BarnesWall lattice in dimension . In low dimensions, these are (up to scaling and rotation) familiar lattices: For n = 0, this is just the integer lattice, . For n … Continue reading
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Subsumptions of regular polytopes
We say that a regular ndimensional polytope P subsumes a regular ndimensional polytope Q if the vertexset of Q is geometrically similar to a subset of the vertexset of P. For instance, the dodecahedron subsumes a cube (the convex hull … Continue reading
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Relocation
In June of this year, I read Paul Graham’s essay on names. The author (whom you may know from his book On Lisp) begins with the following advice: If you have a US startup called X and you don’t have … Continue reading
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Associative universal gates
The Boolean function NAND is famously universal, in that any Boolean function on n inputs and m outputs can be implemented as a circuit composed entirely of NAND gates. For example, the exclusiveor operation, A XOR B, can be written … Continue reading
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Another two rational dodecahedra
Since finding one rational dodecahedron inscribed in the unit sphere, I decided to port the search program to CUDA so that it can run on a GPU and thereby search a larger space in a reasonable amount of time. Firstly, … Continue reading
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BanachTarski and the Axiom of Choice
Tomasz Kania and I recently coauthored a paper about Banach spaces. The paper makes extensive use of the axiom of choice, involving a transfinite induction in the proof of Theorem B as well as several appeals to the fact that … Continue reading
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Rational dodecahedron inscribed in unit sphere
Moritz Firsching asked in 2016 whether there exists a dodecahedron, combinatorially equivalent to a regular dodecahedron, with rational vertices lying on the unit sphere. The difficulty arises from the combination of three constraints: The twelve pentagonal faces must all be … Continue reading
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Fastgrowing functions revisited
There have been many exciting results proved by members of the Googology wiki, a website concerned with fastgrowing functions. Some of the highlights include: Wythagoras’s construction of an 18state Turing machine which takes more than Graham’s number of steps to … Continue reading
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