Unexpected applications of polynomials in combinatorics |
Abstract: In the last five years, several hard problems in combinatorics have been solved by using polynomials in an unexpected way. Some of the proofs are very short - so I can present a complete problem and proof in the first half of the colloquium. The problems I will talk about have to do with the incidence geometry of lines: one considers a large number of lines in R^n and tries to understand the possible intersection patterns. In the second half of the colloquium we will discuss this field and I will try to describe some of the main ideas and challenges. At the end of the talk, we will put the new methods in perspective within the field. |
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Posted: February 1, 2013 | URL: http://www.math.neu.edu/bhmn/guth13.html |