Saturday, October 12, 2013

Math in the News: Rota's Conjecture is Solved

One of the things that lots of people seem to be oblivious to is that mathematics is developing and innovating just as much as any other discipline, which I allude to in many of my presentations. There are many conjectures, or unsolved problems, out there that mathematicians are working on and trying to prove or solve.

Rota's Conjecture was a problem like this, in the branch of matroid theory. This is a diverse area of mathematics that isn't taught or mentioned in the American school system (another concept I allude to in my presentations). So when I read this article about Geoff Whittle solving the problem, I thought it would make for a great post. Here is the story:

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