Ancient Tablet May Show Earliest Use of This Advanced Math

From National Geographic:

By Sarah Gibbens PUBLISHED AUGUST 24, 2017 For nearly 100 years, the mysterious tablet has been referred to as Plimpton 322. It was first discovered in Iraq in the early 1900s by Edgar Banks, the American archaeologist on which the character Indiana Jones is thought to have been largely based. It was later bought by George Arthur Plimpton in 1922 and has been called the Plimpton 322 tablet ever since. Now researchers from the University of New South Wales are calling it one of the oldest and possibly most accurate trigonometric tables of the ancient world. Findings published in the journal Historia Mathematica, the official journal for the International Commission on the History of Math, reveal how researchers dated the ancient clay tablet and came to conclusions about its use.  The tablet is arranged in a series of 15 rows intersected by four columns. Ac…

News update as sent to the membership


There are some news items and updates to pass along to you.

First, certificate presentations to ICA medal winners have taken place this year at the Southeastern Conference in Boca Raton in February, at the Shanghai Conference in May, and at CanaDAM in Toronto in June. Photographs of the presentations will appear in
upcoming issues of the Bulletin. Future presentations are scheduled to take place at the Irsee Conference in September and the ICC in Melbourne in December.

However, the most exciting news relating to medals is that we now have *actual medals*, which have been struck and engraved, for all the medal winners in the period 2010-2016. So future presentations will include amedal as well as a certificate. Medal winners who have already received a

5th ICC in Melbourne, December 4-9, 2017

The 5th International Combinatorics Conference (5ICC) will be held at Monash University in Melbourne on 4-9 December 2017. The ICC is held approximately every 10 years, and incorporates the annual ACCMCC meeting of theCombinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia. Provisional list of invited speakersBill Chen, Nankai University
Maria Chudnovsky, Princeton University
Charlie Colbourn, Arizona State University
Marston Conder, University of Auckland
David Eppstein, University of California, Irvine
Joanna Fawcett, Cambridge University
Jacob Fox, Stanford University
Daniela Kühn, Birmingham University
Barbara Maenhaut, University of Queensland
Brendan McKay, Australian National University
Alexander Scott, Oxford University
Paul Seymour, Princeton University
Balázs Szegedy, Rényi Institute
Le Anh Vinh, Vietnam National University

2015 Kirkman Medal award to Padraig Ó Cathaín

Padraig Ó Cathain’s research concerns algebraic and combinatorial methods for designs, particularly Hadamard matrices, in addition to compressed sensing. The breadth of his research is remarkable at his early career stage, and is accompanied by substantial depth. As his nominators note, Padraig “brings a formidable command of a broad array of mathematical tools to his research, and deploys these tools with deftness and imagination.”

2014 Hall Medal award to Peter Dukes

Peter Dukes’s research is in algebraic combinatorics, addressing theoretical aspects of designs, codes and graphs as well as applications in communications and computer science. He had published 45 journal papers. He is very active in undergraduate and graduate research supervision. His nominators describe him as “one of the leading combinatorialists in design theory and related areas of graph theory and coding theory”, and attest to his “brilliance in combining ideas from several different areas of mathematics to solve difficult problems in combinatorics and graph theory”.

2012 Euler Medal award to Alexander Rosa

Alex Rosa is the international authority on many topics in combinatorial design theory, including Steiner triple systems, Steiner quadruple systems, labellings, cycle systems, and colourings. He has published more than 200 refereed journal papers, written a major research monograph on Triple Systems, and founded the leading Journal of Combinatorial Designs. His work has opened new fields of research, breaking new ground repeatedly. For decades, Alex has emphasized the elegance of new ideas, and has freely shared his knowledge and ideas with his younger colleagues. As one nominator says, he is a “master at constructing designs” and an “inspiration”.

Tao Feng awarded the 2011 Kirkman