A Conjecture That Had To Be True (The 23rd Annual Christmas Lecture)
Professor Knuth will present his 23rd Annual Christmas Tree Lecture on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm in NVIDIA Auditorium in Huang Engineering Center, 475 Via Ortega, Stanford University. For those unable to come to Stanford, the lecture will be broadcast online as a free livestream.
A few months ago, the speaker did some extensive calculations relating to a curious problem in combinatorial geometry; and the resulting numbers satisfied an amazing formula. Although this formula was known to be true only in the five or six smallest cases of the problem, it was impossible to imagine a decent world in which the formula would not hold universally. Come to the lecture and and learn about the interesting sequel.