WATERLOO, Ont (Wednesday, August 28, 2013) – A team of mathematicians has solved a problem first posed more than 40 years ago that has confounded modern mathematicians, until now.
Professor Jim Geelen of the University of Waterloo and his colleagues, Professor Bert Gerards of Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica and the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, and Professor Geoff Whittle of Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand have proved the famous Rota’s Conjecture.
The three men worked for almost 15 years to solve this problem posed by the famous mathematician and philosopher Gian-Carlo Rota in 1970. Earlier this year, in Waterloo, the trio completed the final step in their epic project.
Rota’s Conjecture relates to a specialized area of mathematics known as matroid theory, a modern form of geometry, which was pioneered by the world-famous, Waterloo-based mathematician Bill Tutte.