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#### A new Mersenne Prime Has Been Found. When will we find the next one?

(Lance posted on the search for Mersenne primes in 2006 after a new one was discovered. I will comment on his post later.) A Mersenne Prime is a prime of thehere...

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#### Random Thoughts on the Election

Here are my random thoughts on the election:1) Here is a list of things I DONT care about a) Candidates Gender or Race. The people who say its about time we had...

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#### Contrast an Episode of Columbo with the recent Nobel Prizes

I quote Lance's blog post (here) about Computing and the Nobelsa) On Wednesday October 9th half of the Chemistry Nobel was awarded to computer scientists Demis...

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#### A Trip Down Memory Lane: Desc comp, Constant Round Sorting, Division Breakthrough, Derandomization.

I came across (by accident) the link to all of the BEATCS complexity columns from 1987 to the 2016. See HERE. (If you know a link to a more recent webpage then...

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#### Emil Post Anticipated (more than anticipated) Godel and Turing

(Thanks to James De Santis for pointing the article that inspired this post on Post. The article is pointed to in this post.) What is Emil Post known for? I know...

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#### Progress on R(5). Will there be more?

(I had a post a while back requesting people to submit open problems in Luca Trevisan's honor with deadline Oct 1. I am extending that to Oct 14, but that is a...

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#### I thought I knew what pizza was...

On Page 75 of The Existential Theory of the Reals as a Complexity Class: A Compendiumby Marcus Schaefer, Jean Cardinal, Tillmann Mitzow(see here for the paper)...

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#### How will chatGPT affect Homework?

LANCE: I gave my final exam for my ugrad theory course (regular, Context Free, P, NP, Decidable, Undecidable) to the new ChatGPT o1 that claims to reason aboutdo...

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#### Very few problems are in NP intersect coNP but not known to be in P. What to make of that?

Someone once told me: I was not surprised when Linear Programming was in P since it was already in \( NP \cap coNP \), and problems in that intersection tend...

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#### Six degrees of separation has been proven. Really?

There is a paper (see here for an article about the paper, the link to the paper itself is later) that claims to PROVE that, on average, the distance (for someMy...

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#### Whats worse for a company: being hacked or having technical difficulties? I would have thought being hacked but...

At the Trump-Musk interview:1) There were technical difficulties which caused it to start late and have some other problems.2) Musk and (I think) Trump claimedhere...

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#### Request open problems in honor of Luca Trevisan

Request for Open Problems In Memory of Luca TrevisanLuca Trevisan passed away on June 19, 2024 at the age of 52, of cancer.I am putting together an open problems...

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#### The combinatorics of Game Shows

(Inspired by Pat Sajak stepping down from Wheel of Fortune)How many different game show are there? Many. How many could there be?1) Based on Knowledge or something...

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#### Determing which math problems are hard is a hard problem

I was wondering what the hardest math problems were, and how to define it. So I googled Hardest Math ProblemsThe first hit is here. The 10 problems given there...

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#### In the future we will all have songs written about us, and it will be Lance's fault.

In response to my blog post about how its easier to FIND novelty songs (and other things) than it used to be (see here) Lance showed how easy it is to CREATE ahere...

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#### FLT solution annouement had its 31's anniv was about a month ago. Some poems about FLT NOT from ChatGPT

On June 21, 1993, at the Issac Newton Institute for Mathematical Science, Andrew Wiles announced that he had proven Fermat's Last Theorem. That wasn't quite right...

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#### The Term Quantum Being Misused ... Again

In a post from 2015 I noted that the word quantum is often misused (see here). Have things gotten better since then? I think you know the answer. But two uses of...

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#### The combinatorics of picking a Vice President

Trump is pondering who to pick for his vice president. For a recent podcast about it go here. Spoiler alert: Doug B or Mario R or J.D. Vance. In 2008 I did a blog...

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#### Technology: 1966, 2006, 2023.

In 2013 I wrote a blog to celebrate Lance's 50th birthday by contrasting what things were like when Lance was 10 to when he was 50. That post is here.But lifeThe...

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#### Soliciting open problems in honore of Luca T for my Open Problems Column

As you all know Luca Trevisan, a Giant in our field, passed away at the too-young age of 52. See Lance's post on Luca HERE. As the editor of the SIGACT News Open...