Talk:Branko Grünbaum

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Disclosure[edit]

Hi all, I just added some information and a new citation (a monograph which the authors state was inspired by a paper of Grünbaum). In the interests of scholarly disclosure :-/ I should explain that Grünbaum served on my dissertation committee, and that the claim that the same paper by Grünbaum inspired a paper by N. G. de Bruijn which initiated the field of quasiperiodic tilings is based upon said dissertation, on the generalization of Penrose tilings introduced by de Bruijn. (Roger Penrose and John Horton Conway also deserve credit for starting this field, but de Bruijn was the first to publish a mathematical research paper in this area, in which he made contributions essential to awakening the interest of research mathematicians.)

I am pretty sure it would be fair to state that Grünbaum's monograph on convex polytopes was a major influence leading to important work by Louis J. Billera on the upper bound conjecture (as a Fulkerson Prize winner, he should surely have a wikibio) and Richard Stanley (the Stanley-Reissner ring), but others would know more about this, I think.---CH 21:07, 9 September 2006 (UTC)