Skip Garibaldi

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Skip Garibaldi
Nationality American
Fields mathematics, algebraic groups
Institutions Emory University, UCLA
Alma mater Purdue University,
University of California, San Diego
Doctoral advisor Adrian Wadsworth

Skip Garibaldi is an American mathematician doing research on algebraic groups and especially exceptional groups.


Garibaldi dropped out of high school to attend Purdue University, where he earned B.S.'s in mathematics and in computer science.[1] He then obtained a PhD in mathematics from University of California, San Diego in 1998. His doctoral thesis was on triality and algebraic groups. After holding positions at ETH Zurich and UCLA, he joined the faculty at Emory University in 2002, and was eventually promoted to Winship Distinguished Research Professor.[2] In 2013 he became associate director of IPAM at UCLA.[3]

In 2011 he received the Lester R. Ford Award from the Mathematical Association of America.[1]

Scientific contributions[edit]

His most-cited work is the book "Cohomological invariants in Galois cohomology"[4][5] written with Alexander Merkurjev and Jean-Pierre Serre, which gives the foundations of the theory of cohomological invariants of algebraic groups. His long work "Cohomological invariants: exceptional groups and Spin groups"[6] built on this theme.

He received press coverage[7] for his paper "There is no Theory of Everything inside E8"[8] with Jacques Distler proposing a disproof of Garrett Lisi's "An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything".

He is also known for his less-technical articles on the lottery[1][9] which led to TV appearances and policy changes in Florida[10] and Georgia.[11] He contributed to a story in Slate magazine by Chris Wilson[12] about arranging stars on the US flag that was reported on CBS News Sunday Morning.


  1. ^ a b c Abrams, Aaron; Garibaldi, Skip (2010). "Finding Good Bets in the Lottery, and Why You Shouldn't Take Them". Mathematical Association of America. Retrieved 16 September 2011.  (article from 2010, reprinted on MAA website in 2011 due to award)
  2. ^ "Skip Garibaldi: Winship Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Science". Emory University Alumni Association. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "IPAM Newsletter Fall 2013" (PDF). Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Garibaldi, Skip; Alexander Merkurjev; Jean-Pierre Serre (2003). Cohomological invariants in Galois cohomology. University Lecture Series 28. American Mathematical Society. ISBN 0-8218-3287-5. 
  5. ^ Swallow, John (2004). "Review: Cohomological invariants in Galois cohomology, by Skip Garibaldi, Alexander Merkurjev, and Jean-Pierre Serre" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 42 (1): 93–98. doi:10.1090/S0273-0979-04-01033-X. 
  6. ^ Garibaldi, Skip (2009). Cohomological invariants: exceptional groups and Spin groups. Memoirs of the AMS. American Mathematical Society. ISBN 978-0-8218-4404-5. 
  7. ^ Ford, Matt (2010). "Setting the record straight: no simple theory of everything". Ars Technica. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Jacques Distler; Skip Garibaldi (2010). "There is no "Theory of Everything" inside E8". Communications in Mathematical Physics. 298 (2): 419–436. arXiv:0905.2658free to read. doi:10.1007/s00220-010-1006-y. 
  9. ^ Arratia, Richard; Garibaldi, Skip; Mower, Lawrence; Stark, Philip. "Some people have all the luck". arXiv:1503.02902free to read. 
  10. ^ Mower, Lawrence (2 April 2014). "Florida lottery announces changes in response to The Post's investigation on repeat winners". The Palm Beach Post. Palm Beach, Florida. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  11. ^ Sposito, Sean (18 September 2014). "Lottery lets players collect 100-plus prizes. Is something fishy?". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Atlanta, Georgia. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Wilson, Chris (2010). "13 Stripes and 51 Stars". Slate. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 

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