This Week at AIM: August 3-7, 2015

The workshop this week is First passage percolation and related models, which will be devoted to the study of first passage percolation on higher dimensional lattices and related models. The main goal is to go beyond the scope of exact solutions methods and develop and share techniques that may further the recent advances on the field. Read more…

We’ve Moved!

AIM has recently moved into new quarters at 600 E. Brokaw Road in San Jose and in the same building as the home office of Fry’s Electronics. Beginning January 1, 2015, AIM has been holding all Workshops and SQuaREs in the new location.

The new quarters are slightly larger than the Palo Alto facility. The lecture area, breakout rooms, library, snack area, and offices are configured to continue the informal and highly interactive workshop and SQuaRE activities that we developed during our time in Palo Alto.

And, we have windows!

Upcoming Workshops

PGA Tournament Benefits AIM

Two AIMers in a ShotLink tower

The 2014 Frys.com Open tournament was held in Napa at the Silverado Country Club during the first week of October. This tournament supports many local charities and we are very grateful to be a beneficiary. We are also very grateful to all of the volunteers who came out to work at the tournament and to all the spectators who visited our AIM booth. Saturday, October 11, was designated as “AIM Day” at the tournament and many of the participants took our AIM golf quiz. There were three winners with perfect scores: Ann Smith, Julie Donnellan, and Josh Stanley. Along with our congratulations each receives a Sony ActionCam.

2014 AIM Golf Quiz with Answers

Silicon Valley Gives

For the second year in a row, AIM participated in Silicon Valley Gives. We’d like to thank this year’s donors. Follow the link to learn about the many AIM activities which benefit students and teachers.


Math in the Quest for Sustainable Agriculture




raspberriesJust sixty miles from AIM is the Pajaro Valley, one of the richest agricultural regions of the world, an ideal location for fresh berries, vegetables, and flowers. But the valley’s water source is a confined aquifer that is slowly being depleted. With California now in the third year of a serious drought, the problem is even more acute. There is hope, however, that the overdraft can be remedied and the water usage brought back into balance by using a combination of strategies. Mathematically, the problem can be modeled as a large constrained optimization problem, which is exactly what an AIM workshop began working on a little over two years ago.
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Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival and AIM

The American Institute of Mathematics and the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival are delighted to announce their new partnership, which will allow the Festival to significantly increase the number of its events nationwide and get more kids engaged with math.

Named after a noted professor at UC Berkeley, the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals show students a different, and more engaging, side of mathematics from what’s typically presented in their classes at school. Festivals give students an opportunity to pursue mathematics collaboratively, working on problems and puzzles with other students and mathematicians.
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Seeing through the Big Bang

Sir Roger Penrose presented a public lecture on his new theory of the history of the universe to a sold-out audience at Santa Clara University on May 20, 2013.
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Proof of prime partners conjecture

Yitang Zhang of the University of New Hampshire has announced a proof that there are infinitely many pairs of prime numbers that differ by a fixed constant. Zhang showed that the constant is less than 70 million. His paper will appear in Annals of Mathematics.
See Dan Goldston’s mathematical description of Zhang’s work.

Counterexample to Wall’s conjecture

During the June 2012 AIM workshop, Cohomology bounds and growth rates, a counterexample was found to a group theory conjecture formulated by G. E. Wall in 1961. The work involved a combination of theoretical work and computer calculations.
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