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How the Alternating Sign Matrix Conjecture Was Solved

@article{Bressoud1999HowTA,
  title={How the Alternating Sign Matrix Conjecture Was Solved},
  author={D. Bressoud and J. Propp},
  journal={Notices of the American Mathematical Society},
  year={1999},
  volume={46},
  pages={637-646}
}
, one might be tempted to conclude that thetheory of determinants was well and truly beatento death in the nineteenth century. In fact, thefield is thriving, and it has continued to yield chal-lenging problems of deceptive elegance and sim-plicity. The Alternating Sign Matrix Conjecture wasone of the most notorious of these problems. Forfifteen years it defied assaults by some of theworld’s best mathematicians; then in 1995 threedistinct proofs appeared. The first, by Doron Zeil-berger, drew on… Expand
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