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  • Blog Post: Conjecture Proof Leads to Pólya Prize

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies It was almost a year ago, in this space , that you might have learned the astounding news that a team of two researchers from Yale University and one from Microsoft Research had announced a proof of a riddle that had eluded mathematicians for more than half...
  • Blog Post: Watts Named A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell

    Posted by Rob Knies John Cleese, the acclaimed Monty Python actor, spent time as an A.D. White Professor-at-Large. So did renowned primatologist Jane Goodall. And Oliver Sacks, noted author and neurologist. And epic novelist Toni Morrison. And short-story writer Eudora Welty. Add to that esteemed...
  • Blog Post: Indian Researcher Helps Prove Math Conjecture from the 1950s

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies On June 18, Adam Marcus and Daniel A. Spielman of Yale University, along with Nikhil Srivastava of Microsoft Research India , announced a proof of the Kadison-Singer conjecture, a question about the mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics. Ten days...
  • Blog Post: Indian Summer School Focuses on Distributed Computing

    Posted by Rob Knies Distributed computing is critical for most modern, Internet-scale services, enabling high availability and the ability to scale to massive, worldwide audiences. The web as we now know it is unimaginable without advances achieved in distributed computing. It is challenging, though...
  • Blog Post: And Now, for Your Viewing Pleasure …

    Tweet Posted by Rob Knies Sometimes, it seems like we’re awash in video choices: broadcast, cable, satellite, Internet, PC, tablet, smartphone. It can seem overwhelming. Sometimes—and stop me if you’ve heard this one before—it seems like, with all these...