Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2022 Fields Medal! The only one I know personally, and whose work I have studied in detail, is June Huh.
I’m happy both for June himself and for the field of combinatorics more broadly, which at one point was not taken seriously enough by the mathematics community to merit Fields Medal level consideration. I’m particularly interested in connections between combinatorics and algebraic geometry, and that is certainly something that June’s work has taken to new heights.
I thought it might be useful for me to post links to my previous blog posts about June’s work here, along with some related links.
The 2018 Georgia Algebraic Geometry Symposium is a wrap! This was the first time that the annual conference was held at Georgia Tech, and I thought it went very well. Each of the eight talks seems to have been well-received, and some spectacular new results were announced. Here’s a quick summary of (what I remember about) the talks: Continue reading
I’d like to continue this discussion of break divisors on graphs & tropical curves by describing an interesting connection to algebraic geometry. In this post, I’ll explain a beautiful connection to the theory of compactified Jacobians discovered by Tif Shen, a recent Ph.D. student of Sam Payne at Yale. Continue reading
I’m speaking tomorrow in the AMS Current Events Bulletin about the work of Adiprasito, Huh, and Katz on the Rota-Welsh conjecture and Hodge theory for matroids. See this previous post for an introduction to their work. [Note added 9/21/17: My write-up for the Current Events Bulletin can be found here.]
Here’s an excerpt from the last section of my slides which I may or may not have time to discuss in tomorrow’s talk. It concerns this recent paper of June Huh and Botong Wang. (Note added: As anticipated I did not have time to cover this material! Here are the slides themselves: ceb_talk)
In this post and its sequel, I’d like to explain a new perspective on matroid theory which was introduced in this recent preprint which I wrote with Nathan Bowler. The main observation is that by working with algebraic structures called hyperfields, in which addition is allowed to be multi-valued, linear subspaces, matroids, valuated matroids, and oriented matroids become special cases of a single general concept. In the process of explaining this observation, I also hope to advertise how natural hyperfields are, for example in the context of tropical geometry.
The notion of an algebraic structure in which addition is allowed to be multi-valued goes back to Frédéric Marty, who introduced hypergroups in 1934. Later on, in the mid-1950’s, Marc Krasner developed the theory of hyperrings and hyperfields in the context of approximating non-Archimedean fields, and in the 1990’s Murray Marshall explored connections to the theory of real spectra and spaces of orderings. For the most part, however, the theory of hyperstructures was largely ignored by the mathematical community at large until Connes and Consani started advocating its potential utility in connection with -geometry and the Riemann hypothesis. There now seems to be a reappraisal of sorts going on within the math community of the “bias” against multi-valued operations. Continue reading
From L to R: Karim Adiprasito, June Huh, Eric Katz
In January 2016, my colleague Josephine Yu and I are organizing a workshop called Hodge Theory in Combinatorics. The goal of the workshop is to present the recent proof of a 50-year-old conjecture of Rota by Karim Adiprasito, June Huh, and Eric Katz. In this post, I want to explain what the conjecture says and give a brief outline of its marvelous proof. I will follow rather closely this paper by Adiprasito-Huh-Katz (henceforth referred to as [AHK]) as well as these slides from a talk by June Huh. Continue reading