Computational Complexity and other fun stuff in math and computer science from Lance Fortnow and Bill Gasarch
In the podcast we mentioned posts on finding
jobs and the tradeoff
between working on reasonable versus difficult problems.
for foreign listners like me lance is a lot better understandable than bill gasarch who seems to be mumbling (or is it a dialect ?).
That's how Bill talks.
It sounded also like a poor connection.
Sorry for the sound quality. I tried something new, a Skype call to Bill's phone. I'll work on ways to improve the audio in future podcasts.
Bill was mumblingANDthats how Bill talksANDit was a poor connection.Not a dialect- but usually the complaintis that I talk to fast, not that I mumble.Might amount to the same thing.On a different note- Phone is diff than inperson since you can't read visual cuesfrom the other person. Maybe we'll trya video and phone hookup next time.bill g.
On the topics of jobs and the size of the community: Many advisors at the better departments (where most theory reserachers are trained) do a poor job preparing their non-star students for the job market at the not-so-good departments where they will eventually have to find employment. In the less-than-good departments, theory candidates often have to compete with systems candidates, and the academic depth of their research is but one consideration. I know we have lost opportunities to hire theoreticians because of this.
From #5:does it mean you talk to fast (not eat)oryou talk (and type) too fast