^{1/3}bits of communication with two databases. Razborov and Yekhanin proved that using current techniques the bound could not be broken. Dvir and Gopi

developed new techniques to break that barrier using n

^{O(√(log log n/log n))}bits with two databases, less than n

^{δ}for any δ. Bill posted more on this result back in August.

And of course lots of other great work on extended formulations, circuits, algorithms, communication complexity and many other topics. We also had another round of favorite theorems for the past decade.

2014 will go down as the year computer science exploded. With a big convergence of machine learning/big data, the connectedness of everything, the sharing economy, automation and the move to mobile, we have a great demand for computer scientists and a great demand from students to become computer scientists or have enough computing education to succeed in whatever job they get. Enrollments are booming, CS departments are hiring and demand far outstrips the supply. A great time for computer science and a challenging one as well.

We say goodbye to G.M. Adelson-Velsky, Alberto Bertoni, Ed Blum, Ashok Chandra, Alexey Chervonenkis, Eugene Dynkin, Clarence "Skip" Ellis, Alexander Grothendieck, Ferran Hurtado, Mike Stilman, Ivan Stojmenovic, Berthold Vöcking, Ann Yasuhara, Microsoft Research-Silicon Valley and The New York Times Chess Column.

Looking ahead 2015 brings the centenary of the man we know for balls and distance and the fiftieth anniversary of the paper that brought us the title of this blog. Have a great New Years and remember, in a complex world best to keep it simple.