Heilbronn Colloquium 2020: Imre Leader

06 Jan 2020, by franblake in Events

Wednesday 26 February 2020 at 16:00

Organised in collaboration with the School of Mathematics, University of Bristol, UK

Partition Regular Equations

Imre Leader, Professor of Pure Mathematics, University of Cambridge, UK

A finite or infinite matrix M is called ‘partition regular’ if whenever the natural numbers are finitely coloured there exists a monochromatic vector x with Mx=0. Many of the classical results of Ramsey theory, such as van der Waerden’s theorem or Schur’s theorem, may be naturally rephrased as assertions that certain matrices are partition regular.

While the structure of finite partition regular matrices is well understood, little is known in the infinite case. In this talk we will review some known results and then proceed to some recent developments.

The talk will not assume any previous knowledge of the area. 

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