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Le Monde puzzle [#1037]

January 24, 2018

A purely geometric Le Monde mathematical puzzle this (or two independent ones, rather): Find whether or not there are inscribed and circumscribed circles to a convex polygon with 2018 sides of lengths ranging 1,2,…,2018. In the first (or rather second) case, the circle of radius R that is tangential to the polygon and going through […]

machine learning à l’Académie, au Collège, et dans Le Monde

January 5, 2018

A back-cover story in Le Monde “Sciences & Médecine” of Stéphane Mallat, professor at École Normale and recently elected at the (French) Academy of Sciences and at the Collège de France, on a newly created Chair of Data Sciences.  With works on wavelets, image compression, and neural networks, Stéphane Mallat will give his first lesson […]

Le Monde puzzle [#1036]

January 4, 2018

An arithmetic Le Monde mathematical puzzle to conclude 2017: Find (a¹,…,a¹³), a permutation of (1,…,13) such that a¹/a²+a³=a²+a³/a³+a⁴+a⁵=b¹<1 a⁶/a⁶+a⁷=a⁶+a⁷/a⁷+a⁸+a⁹=a⁷+a⁸+a⁹/a⁵+a⁹+a¹⁰=b²<1 a¹¹+a¹²/a¹²+a¹³=a¹²+a¹³/a¹³+a¹⁰=b³<1 The question can be solved by brute force simulation, checking all possible permutations of (1,…,13). But 13! is 6.6 trillion, a wee bit too many cases. Despite the problem being made of only four constraints […]

Le Monde puzzle [#1033]

December 19, 2017

A simple Le Monde mathematical puzzle after two geometric ones I did not consider: Bob gets a 2×3 card with three integer entries on the first row and two integer entries on the second row such that (i) entry (1,1) is 1, (ii) summing up subsets of adjacent entries produces all integers from 1 to […]

Le Monde puzzle [#1029]

November 22, 2017

A convoluted counting Le Monde mathematical puzzle: A film theatre has a waiting room and several projection rooms. With four films on display. A first set of 600 spectators enters the waiting room and vote for their favourite film. The most popular film is projected to the spectators who voted for it and the remaining […]