Computational Complexity and other fun stuff in math and computer science from Lance Fortnow and Bill Gasarch
Monday, June 23, 2003
Whose hands are on the FOCS cover?
I learn interesting aspects of the history of theory from this
weblog. On an
old post on conference covers, Pekka
Orponen left a comment saying that Alvy Ray Smith originally designed
the FOCS cover back in 1973, when the conference was SWAT: Switching
and Automata Theory. Here is Smith's story about the
cover where he states the hands are his.
Smith had three papers in SWAT before moving into computer graphics
and co-founding companies such as Pixar. So next time you are looking up a
FOCS paper take a look at the hands of a one-time theorist who made a