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Ideas in Search of a Blog Post

I keep a list of ideas for blog posts, but some will never turn into posts. So here are a few random thoughts from that list. Some people like to write prose,last...

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The Golden Ticket

Today is the official publication date of my first book The Golden Ticket: P, NP and the Search for the Impossible by Princeton University Press, though the book...

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Technology and Jobs

Entertainment Weekly reported last month on the bankruptcy of the special effects company Rhythm and Hues and the troubled industry. I remarked five years ago that...

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Gary Miller to Receive the Knuth Prize

The 2013 Knuth Prize will be awarded to Gary Miller at STOC (ACM Press Release). The Knuth prize is now given yearly for outstanding contributions to the foundations...

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A Century of Erdős

The great Hungarian combinatorialist Paul Erdős was born one hundred years ago today. The big celebration will happen in Budapest in July. It's hard to say more...

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The Slot Machine Theory of Paper Submissions

Why do scientists publish so much? There is the whole "publish or perish" thing but that doesn't explain the large increase in quantity of publications. With a...

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Goodbye Old Friends

We had two terrible losses this week. Not people but websites, Intrade and Google Reader. The corporate auditors for the real-money Irish prediction markets...

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Turing Award to Shafi and Silvio

The 2012 ACM Turing Award, the highest honor in computer science, will be given to MIT cryptographers Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali. From the press release...

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Opera and MOOCS

I've really learned to enjoy opera (the art form not the browser) and while I've come to really enjoy Atlanta, the city only has a regional opera company. So IMetropolitan...

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Our Government at Work

Barring a surprise deal, the sequester goes into effect tomorrow. NSF Director (and soon to be CMU President) Subra Suresh announced a sequestration impact statement...

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Interruptions

I got a new toy this week, the Pebble watch which I got early because I pre-ordered donated to their Kickstarter campaign. It's a little buggy and the promised...

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Beauty and Science

Christopher Shea wrote a recent Chronicle Review article Is Scientific Truth Always Beautiful? I would argue the answer is yes, and it boils down to Occam's Razor...

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The Complexity-STOC Bonanza

STOC and Complexity are co-located this July in beautiful Palo Alto, California. Both conferences have just announced their accepted papers: STOC (with PDF links...

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Postdocs in Computer Science

Anita Jones is troubled by the growing number of postdocs in computer science, she uses "troubling" twice in the first paragraph of her CACM Viewpoint. But is it...

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Who do you write papers for?

Mitch Daniels, the former governor of Indiana and new president of Purdue, wrote an inaugural letter where he discusses many of the challenges of higher education...

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The End of a Useless Test

First a word from our sponsor: Mihalis Yannakakis is celebrating his 60th birthday this year and you are invited to the party. From the Educational Testing Service...

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Rise of the Engineer

I rarely watch TV commercials anymore but its NFL playoff time and during a game last weekend, the following Ford commercial caught my eye. When not showing...

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Slow Science

You likely have not heard about the Slow Science manifesto. They don't blog. They don't tweet. They give a broken link to their Facebook Page which has no posts...

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Erdős and Turing

Only nine months separate the births of two very influential mathematicians, Paul Erdős and Alan Turing, whose centenaries we celebrate this year and last. That's...

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2012 Complexity Year in Review

As we turn our thoughts from Turing to Erdős, a look back at the complexity year that was. Written with help from co-blogger Bill Gasarch. The complexity result...
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